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The Echo 

California Lutheran University 

Volume 52, Number 1 

September 17, 2008 

Freshmen class pushes limits 

Campus feels 
effects of large 
freshmen class 

By Kelsey Bonesteel 
Echo Staff Writer 

The size of the freshmen class 
has seen an unprecedented influx 
that is stretching California 
Lutheran University's already 
limited resources. As of Aug. 15, 
1,817 students were admitted into 
CLU's class of 2012, increasing 
last year's admitted students by 
143. - 

This is all part of CLU's strategic 
plan to expand and improve 
the- school, according to Jenny 
Charrett, associate director of 

"We do have to limit our 
growth, because of the space 

Photo by Doug Barnett 

The Freshmen Class increase is visible with the long lines in the Centrum at lunch time. 

on campus and we 
knew the maximum number of 
students we could admit. We 
are set to moderately grow so the 
infrastructure of the school has 
time to adjust," Charrett said. 

This process is vital to CLU's 
growth as a school. 

CLU is still upholding its 
promises to the students, such 
as classroom size and individual 
attention. According to Charrett, 
the freshmen counselors are 
working as hard as ever to 
maintain the dedication to each 


"Many people are starting to 
recognize the benefits to a private 
education and the guaranteed 
four year academic plan," she 

As the school's population 
grows, other departments, such 
as Residence Life, will also have to 
make some changes. 

"We had to put some of the 
students in Conejo; about 90 
percent of the students there are 
freshman," said Christine Paul , 
associate director of student life. 

Although Conejo residence 

hall is not located near the other 
freshmen dorms and has been 
considered part of the upper- 
classmen area, Paul does not 
think this is a problem for the 
new students, because such a 
small group of students can easily 
get to know one another. 

"It's a little inconvenient to 
hang out with friends in the 
other freshman halls, but all in 
all it's not that big of a deal," said 
Branden Shows, a freshman living 
in Conejo Hall. 

No plans of building another 
freshman hall have been made. 

"Many people are 
starting to recognize 
the benefits to a pri- 
vate education and the 
guaranteed four year 

-- Jenny Charrett 

However, last summer each 
freshmen hall received brand new 
carpet, vertical blinds and a fresh 
coat of paint. 

Upper-classmen students 

have also been impacted by the 
growing freshmen population. 

"Since my first year, I've noticed 
that every year the incoming 
freshmen class becomes a greater 
presence on campus," CLU senior 
Dan Erickson said. 

The more students living 
on campus the more possible 
problems can emerge. 

"This year Residence Life's 
biggest challenge is handling 
roommate conflicts. We do not 
have any extra rooms for the 
students in a difficult roommate 
situation," Paul said. CLU resident 
halls have reached capacity. 

Many other complaints have 
been raised around campus 
including limited parking around 
the halls and rooms assigned with 
five students per room in the New 
and Old West Halls. 

"1 believe the students are 
making each living situation 
work and once we have Trinity 
hall we will be able to spread out. 
No more rooms will have five 
people," Paul said. 

The freshmen class will grow 
with each coming year until CLU 
reaches the goal of becoming a 
larger, well-known school. Every 
aspect of CLU will have to adjust 
to the increase. 

"Hopefully this year's freshmen 
class will contribute to CLU's 
culture and help carry on a legacy 
to be proud of." 

Security panel calls for more vigilance 

By Margaret Nolan 
Managing Editor 

Business professionals and 
community leaders from Ventura 
County gathered last week at the 
Reagan Library for California 
Lutheran's Corporate Leaders' 

The topic for this breakfast: 
Security. It was an especially 
relevant issue with the seventh 
anniversary of the Sept. 11 
terrorist attacks last week. 

According to Karin Grennan, 
media relation's coordinator for 


CLU, security was. chosen as the 
topic because of an overwhelming 
survey response from over 
100 participants at a previous 
Corporate Leader's Breakfast. 

"The breakfast series is 
heightening Cal Lutheran's 
awareness and recognition as an 
important regional resource to 
leaders in our communities," said 
Dr. Ritch Eich, vice president for 
marketing and communications. 

Speaking at this event was a 
panel featuring various security 
specialists from local and national 

Panel members included David 

Banks, director of the Center for 
Asymmetric Warfare; Bob Brooks, 
Ventura County sheriff; Steven R. 
Chealander, the 38 lh member 
of the National Transportation 
Safety Board and Gregory D. 
Totten, Ventura County district 

The Rev. Duke Blackwood 
executive Director of the Ronald 
Reagan Presidential Library 
and Foundation served as the 
moderator for the event. 

Secruity Panel continued on 
page 3. 

Photo by Nathan Hoyt 

Security Panel at Corporate Leaders' Breakfast 



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Construction plans began 
this past summer at California 
Lutheran University, for new 
office buildings, parking lots, 
academic buildings and sporting 
complexes on the North Campus. 

Parking has been hectic so far 
this year and there is a big reason 
why. The construction of the new 
Trinity Hall began in June and has 
made parking a challenge. The 
hall is being constructed where 
the old softball field was located 
between Potenburg and Grace 

With this construction 

underway, parts of the Grace and 
Potenburg parking lots have been 
eliminated for building purposes. 

Since June construction workers 
have been leveling the ground and 
as of the start of school, they've 
begun to build the retaining 

The layout of the Trinity hall 
is unlike any other dorm on 
campus. There will be six rooms 
that will have six single bedrooms. 
Trinity will include several studio 
single suites and there are four 
single bedrooms as in Grace hall. 
All rooms in Trinity will have 
a full kitchen at the student's 
disposal. Along with sleeping 
quarters there will be several 
lounge areas and two classrooms. 

Altogether there will be 
220 bedrooms in Trinity and 
completion is hoping to be 
scheduled for around fall 2009. 

CLU is working On the 
Kingsmen and Regals tennis 
courts. The new facility will be 
named Gilbert Tennis Courts, 
which features six new courts. The 
tennis courts will reside alongside 
Ullman Stadium behind the right 
field fence. 

The estimated cost of the 
construction is $750,000. 
Completion is slated for the fall 
season when it will be ready to 
host CLU tennis matches this 

Six alumni inducted into hall of fame 

That has not been the only 
construction going on. Work 
has been done to create a 
community swimming pool. 
The pool was paid for with 
public funds and will be located 
on the CLU campus next to the 
Samuelson Aquatic Center. The 
project was funded through the 
city, which included a federal 
grant and funding from the 
recreation and park district. 

The pool will consist of seven 
lanes and vary in depth from 3 to 
5 feet. Completion of the project 
has been estimated to take about 
a year. 

Brief Continued on page 3 

Standout athletes 
honored in ring 

By Gigi Arjomand 
Echo Staff Writer 

The Alumni Association of 
California Lutheran University 
held a formal event on Saturday 
night to honor the six 2008 
inductees of the Athletic Hall 
of Fame. It was an evening of 
memories, tribute, food and 

The CLU Alumni Association 
Athletic Hall of Fame presented 
Albert Kempfert, Charles 
McShane, Greg Osbourne, Tracy 
(Little) Schuetz, Mike Sheppard 
and Michael "Spider" Webb. 

"Academics and athletics, that's a 

great balance," Coach Bob Shoup 
said, one of the pioneers in the 
athletic history of CLU. 

Six inductees were honored for 
their outstanding contributions 
in the intercollegiate athletics field 
and for the respect, recognition 
and excellence they have brought 
to the proud CLU name. 

"This university shaped me 
spiritually, professionally and in 
life," said Sheppard, who graduated 
with the class of 1973. 

Sheppard has coached 

professionally for 34 years, is 
the wide receiver's coach for the 
Cincinnati Bengals and an active 
member in the Fellowship of 
Christian Athletes. 

Although the night was in honor 
of the six athletes, Shoup was 
praised, thanked and honored for 
his great coaching, encouragement 
and support by most of the 

Shoup started coaching at CLU 
in 1962 and worked actively on 
recruiting doing public relations 
for the school that was in danger 
of floundering financially. 

"This is a great honor 
with all of these amaz- 
ing athletes that are be- 
ing inducted here. I'm 
extremely proud to be a 
part of that" 

- Tracy Schuetz 

He reflected on some of the 
memorable times at CLU. He 
shared stories and memories 
about how different it used to be at 
CLU and how proud and grateful 
he is to be a part of these great 
athletes' journeys. 

Shuetz, who graduated in 1997, 
set numerous records in her time 
at CLU playing volleyball and 

"Unlike the previous inductees I 
have no idea who 'Al the Painter' 
is and we actually had computers 
when I was a student here," she said 
as the crowd joined in laughter. 

After many years passed, one 
thing was unchanged: the love and 
camaraderie found between CLU 
teammates, coaches, roommates, 
faculty, family and friends, is as 
alive on this night as decades 

"The greatest part of the night 
was to see different generations of 
the families that made this school 
what it is. A lot of the Lundrings, 
the Days and the Thomas' were 
here," Schuetz said. "You went 
to school with their kids and it's 
beautiful to see that the history 
goes on at CLU." 

Less parking causes frustration 

300 less parking 
spaces takes toll 
on student drivers 

By Jennifer Tholse 
Echo Staff Writer 

A new parking policy at 
California Lutheran University 
campus will be established 
beginning Oct. 1. 

Residential students will no 
longer be allowed to park in the 
academic corridor during the 
week, between the hours of 7a.m. 
to 7p.m. However, no one else 
but the resident students will be 
allowed to park in residence hall 
parking lots. 

According to Fred Miller 
director of campus Safety and 
Security, the main reason for this 
new parking policy is to open up 
more parking spots for faculty, 
staff and commuters. 

"We needed to cut down on 
unnecessary driving since we 
want to promote a greener 
campus," he said. "Some students 
are driving only two blocks to get 
to their class, which also causes 
unnecessary traffic." 

In addition Miller said they 
might offer an incentive for 
residential students who will park 
their cars at a further parking 
location during the week, since 
their car won't be used during 
this time anyhow. 

Yet, most residential students are 
not happy with the new policy. 

"It is hard to park, especially 
during the day," said junior Alison 
Larson, who thinks the policy is 

Also, graduate student Flora 

Parking permits and signs identify type of student driver. 

Photo by Nathan Hoyt 

Shao thinks the new parking 
rules are extremely inconvenient, 
especially for students in 
university houses who are only 
permitted to park on their 

"We need to cut down 
on unnecessary driv- 
ing since we want to 
promote a greener 

-- Fred Miller 

driveways and in designated 

Miller, who is well aware of the 
parking issue and the amount 
of parking spots lost said that, 
"after completion of Trinity hall, 
the end of this year, we will gain 
back approximately 190 parking 


However, until then, commuter 
students including Dennis 
Twumasi are thankful for the new 

"It is already tiring to drive down 
here all the way from Los Angeles, 
and to spend an extra 10 minutes 
looking for parking makes the 
whole process of commuting even 
more tiresome," he said. 

Dr. Russell Stockard, 

communication professor, said 
he understands the frustration of 
the students but is still thankful 
for his advantage as a faculty 

"Since parking spots were lost 
during the construction of the 
new residence hall and more 
faculty staff has been hired, there 
wasn't a lot more to do than have 
this policy applied," he said. 

Old parking stickers need to 
be replaced with new parking 

permits, which can be received 
at the Welcome Center. The new 
permit will be placed at the lower 
left corner of the vehicles rear 
window, which will make it easier 
for campus security to keep track 
of the different permitted cars. 

The new parking policy will 
begin in October. Students, 
faculty and everyone who owns a 
car will need to obtain a parking 
pass to avoid being issued a ticket 
or even worse have your car 
towed away. 

To find out more about the new 
parking policy and where parking 
is allowed, visit the Welcome 
Center to pick up a brochure or 
go onto 
safety_security/vehicle to view 
specific details. > 

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Freshman team up to clean river bed 

Students gather 
to give back to 

By Amanda Lovett 

Echo Staff Writer 

More than 500 students and 
volunteers gathered together on 
Sept. 2, to take part in cleaning up 
the Ventura River Bed, removing 
5 tons of trash from an area 
inhahited by homeless. 

The orientation held, prior 
to the event was presented by 
Ventura City Council members to 
give the background information 
of the area where they would be 

"All of this trash would have 
ended up at the beach and the 
homeless community," said 
Stine Odegard, director of the 
community service center at 
CLU. "We saved Ventura County 
$25,000 per day in fines." 

Dr. Grady Hanrahan, professor 
of chemistry and environmental 
science, discussed the effects 
pollution has on the environment 
and "the social economic 
considerations, including lower 
income communities and their 
likely disproportionate exposure 
to environmental pollutants, 
especially the homeless 

copulation along the Ventura 

The students and volunteers 
were split into groups, each led 
by a member of the Ventura City 
Council. The groups were divided 

Student's work together to clean the Ventura County River Bed as a part of 'You got served'. 

into three jobs; grabbers, baggers 
and draggers, who carried items 
out of the river bed to trucks to be 
disposed of. 

Students were not allowed to 
touch the trash with their hands, 
they instead used pitch-forks and 
claws to grab the items and place 
them into a garbage bag. 

"My group was underneath the 
101 Freeway, a spot where some 

of us were escorted in by police, 
which made a few people a little 
scared," said Beth Peters a junior 
peer advisor. "I have to say, the 
weirdest thing I found was a 

bunch of porn floating around." 

Odegard said, "It was really 
interesting what we found, some 
found needles, some found 
children's clothing; all pieces of 
someone else's life." 

Students found other unusual 
items during the clean up. "I 
found a shopping cart stuck in 
the mud and a couch," freshman 
Tiffany Ly said. "It's really great 
to have the opportunity to open 
your eyes to so many things that 
are concealed by society." 

An event like this takes a 
lot of careful planning and 

coordination between the groups 
involved. "We started planning 
this with Ventura in June. It was 
great because the plan that we 
originally had actually happened" 
Odegard said. 

Even Dr. Chris Kimball, CLU's 
president, joined in the event, 
climbing into the mucky water 
with the students to pull out once 
loved items from the river bed. 

To plans for events like this one 
are in the future, Odegard said 
"Absolutely! Maybe not to this 
magnitude, but we are keeping in 
touch with Ventura City Council 

Photo by Carrie Kelley 


and plan on having this as an 
annual orientation event." 

Peter's favorite part of the 
event was helping people. Three 
homeless people walked up to us 
at the end and said 'thank you,' 
and that made it all worthwhile," 
she said. 

For those interested in the 
Coastal Clean-up Day on 
Saturday, sign ups are available 
on the Cal Lutheran Community 
Service Center website, http: 

Security Continued... 

(Continued from Page I) 

Each member of the panel 
was given an opportunity to 
share his opinion on the most 
pressing security issues based off 
their professional and- personal 

"Security is key to all of us," 
Banks said. "People are worried 
about different things based 
on their knowledge and past 

Panel members offered advice 
to the community leaders in 
attendance on how to make sure 
their businesses are. protected and 

prepared in the event another 
terrorist attack occurs. 

According to Chealander, the 
goal of security efforts is to make 
sure that people are aware of 
common security issues so that 
we will all know how to act. 

The marketing and 

communications office puts on 
the Corporate Leaders' Breakfast 
series a few times a year. However, 
this was the largest one by far 
with more than 220 people in 
attendance and the first time 
that the event has been held off 



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On May 3 1 , Larry Hagman, who 
was part of both the "Dallas" and 
"I Dream of Jeannie" casts, hosted 
a celebration with his wife, Maj, 
in honor of CLU's national-award 
winning radio station, KCLU-FM. 
The Hagmans, frequent 
listeners and donors of KCLU, 
held the event at their private 
estate: Heaven Ranch in Ojai, 
in hopes of raising money for 
the station's new broadcast 
center. Construction " for 

the new building will begin 

on North Campus this year. 
KCLU expanded even more 
toward the end of the summer 
when it purchased KIST-AM 
1340. This will allow CLU to 
reach Santa Barbara and Ventura 
County. It broadcasts in Ventura 
County on 88.3 FM, in Santa 
Barbara County on 102.3 FM, and 
online at 

On Aug. 19, CLU said goodbye 
to one of its fondest buildings. 
The curtain closed on the Little 
Theatre when past theater 
graduates held a wake for the 

The Black Box Theater is being 

"Co-branding with other major 
organizations has been and 
continues to be a major goal for 
our brand marketing program at 
CLU," Ejch said. 

All Corporate Leaders' 

Breakfasts are open to Cal 
Lutheran students. The next 
breakfast is Oct. 21., Dennis 
Murphy, vice president of Amgen, 
will be the keynote speaker. For 
more information about the 
Corporate Leaders' Breakfast, 
please call 493-3150 or visit http: 

Come learn about studying 

abroad in Thailand! 

Dorm Program in New West 

9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 


trhere will be Thai food! Don't 

miss it! 

torn down in anticipation of 
construction that will happen 
this fall. During the past 43 
years, the Little Theater has 
been a home away from home 
for thousands of CLU students, 
whether they were regulars on 
the stage or simply regular fans 
of the improv troupe or fall play. 

Dozens of people showed 
up to bid farewell to the 
building by toasting with fellow 
actors and leafing through 
scrapbooks of past productions. 

People have been working 
around the clock for the past few 
months to get the space ready for 
the actors; making classrooms, 
dressing and rehearsal rooms, 

costume and shop space, as well 
as a stage three times as big as the 
old one. 

The building should be ready 
within the next couple months for 
the theater department to move in. 

This year, CLU is welcoming 
a dean and many new faculty 
members to its staff. Dr. Carol 
A. Bartell is returning to CLU as 
the dean and a professor for the 
School of Education. 

She served as the School of 
Education's dean from 1995- 
2003. During the past five years, 
she has been serving in various 
positions at schools such as 

California Polytechnic State 
University, Cal State Northridge 
and Cal State Los Angeles. 

There are also 14 new professors 
beginning the semester at 
CLU in various departments 
including English, psychology, 
chemistry, exercise science and 
sports medicine, education, 
mathematics, theater arts, 
criminal justice, art and computer 

The new faculty members are 
being welcomed to the school 
along with the biggest incoming 
freshmen class in CLU history 

with more than 500 students. 

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September 17 

Sacred Cult, Subversive Icon: 
The Virgin of Guadalupe 

4 p.m. Roth Nelson Room 

International Diners Club 

5 p.m. SUB 

The Need: featuring Jill Cohn 
10:10 p.m. SUB 


September 21 

Lord of Life Potluck and Ou 

5:30 p.m. Uyeno Ampitheatre 


September 18 

Proactive Job Search Workshop 

6:30 p.m. Roth Nelson Room 


September 19 

American Scandinavian Foundation 
Lecture Series 

7:30 p.m. Roth Nelson Roor 


September 20 

Habitat for Humanity Student, Faculty, 
Staff Build Day 

7:30 a.m. Simi Valley 

California Coastal Cleanup 

. 9 a.m. - 1 2 p.m. Newbury Park 

CLU vs. PLU Pre-Game Football Party 

1 1 a.m. Sparks Stadium, Puyallup, Wash. 



"Before you criticize some 
one, you should walk a mile 
in their shoes. That way 
when you criticize them, 
you are a mile away and 
you have their shoes. " 

"Deep Thoughts 
by Jack Handey 


September 23 

Resume Writing Workshop 

12 p.m. Roth Nelson Room 

Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Stigma 
and the Cervical Cancer Vaccine 

5:30 p.m. Lundring Events Center 



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The Principle 

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Roper returns to Ventura County 

Newbury Park 
resident is new 
Director of 
Student Life 

By Natasha Spiroff 
Echo Staff Writer 

The Student Union Building 
opened its doors this summer 
and welcomed the new director of 
Student Life, Dr. Melinda Roper. 

A native of Newbury Park she 
joined the California Lutheran 
University community after 
holding two positions at Duke 
University in Durham, N.C. 

As both the senior associate 
director of Student Activities and 
Engagements and the director 
of the Women's Center at Duke, 
Roper oversaw various divisions 
of student life including student 
government and other activities 
on campus. 

"1 love what I do," she said. 

While she wanted to continue 
doing what she loved, she also 
had the desire to move back to the 
West Coast. The opening of trie 
director of Student Life position 
at CLU provided her with the 
perfect opportunity to do both. 

Her position as the director 
of Student Life places her as 

the overseer of all divisions 
of student life on the CLU 
campus: Residence Life, Judicial 
Affairs, Student Leadership 
and Programs, Wellness, New 
Student Orientation, Intramurals, 
Forrest Fitness Center and the 
Community Service Center. 

"She brings a great breadth of 
experience and preparation that 
will help her lead and support her 
team," said William Rosser, vice 
president of Student Affairs and 
the dean of students. 

Roper direcdy supervises a staff 
of nine professionals and five 
graduate students. 

As a student orientation 
coordinator, junior Reshai Tate 
had the opportunity to work with 
Roper this summer. "Melinda 
brings a fresh perspective to 
student life" said Tate. "Her 
passion for the student life 
experience runs deep. The student 
body should expect her to shake 
things up a bit, for their good of 

Since starring her new position 
in July, Roper has been involved 
in multiple staff retreats, training 
activities and new student 
orientation. «bhw«rmi 

Roper has enjoyed immersing 
herself in the community and 
experiencing everything that CLU 
has to offer. 

"I want to experience and 
soak up all of the traditions and 

Photo by Rachel Wolf 

Dr. Melinda Roper, director of Student Life adjusts to her new office within the student union 

signature events at CLU," she said. 
"Then I will try to add new twists 
to things, I think it is important to 
respect the traditions". 

One of the biggest differences 
between Duke University and 
CLU is the atmosphere. "Here, the 
atmosphere is very encouraging," 
Roper said. "The atmosphere 
at Duke was very stressful and 
although people were proud to 

go to Duke, they were not in love 
with the school." 

Roper said her favorite thing 
about CLU is "how passionate 
everyone is about CLU. How 
much they care about the school 
and about each other." 

"It is so fun to be in a brand new 
place," she said. Roper and her 
family are excited to experience 
football „ games, homecoming, 

and other events that are put on 
throughout the year. 

She graduated from Newbury 
Park High, continued on to 
receive her bachelors degree, 
psychology from the UC Santa 
Barbara and her master's degree 
in exercise and sport science from 
Penn State. She also received her 
doctorate in higher education and 
administration from Penn State. 

Lundring: The candy man can 

By Megan Hindman 
Echo Staff Writer 

Karsten Lundring, a California 
Lutheran University alumnus of 
'65, has displayed a continuous 
love for CLU through his 
immense support and generosity. 

Lundring graduated from Cal 
Lutheran with a B.A. in business 
administration and is a managing 
partner for Thrivent Lutheran 
Financial. Since graduation, 
he has continued to stay active 
within the CLU community. 

Known as the "candy man," 
he attends many football and 
basketball games both, home and 
away. "He really cares about the 
students, the candy is only one 
way (that he shows it)," said the 
Rev. Melissa Maxwell-Doherty, 
CLU's campus pastor. 

Lundring's involvement stems 
back to his days as a student at 
Cal Lutheran. From his start 
as a member of the original 
Kingsmen Quartet, Lundring's 
involvement has continued to 
grow throughout the years. 

"I do not know what CLU has 
asked him to do that he has said 
no to," Maxwell-Doherty said. 

He has served as the Chair of 

"He is simply an 
extravert who loves 
people and loves this 

-- The Rev. Melissa 

the Board of Regents and is now 
a member of the Community 
Leaders Association and Orville 

As an Orville Dahl member, 
some of his resources will be 
directed back to CLU when 
he dies, adding to his already 
numerous contributions. 

"He basically bleeds purple 
and gold," said Rachel Lindgren, 
director of alumni and parent 

He has not only made his mark 
on CLU through his generous 
support, but also with his unique 
style and personality. The buzz 
around campus names him as 
quite the prankster. Lundring 
even made sure to unsettle Dr. 
Christopher Kimball, university 
president, during his first week 
in office. 

Kimball received a phone call 
from Lundring asking where he 
was, claiming that they had a 
scheduled lunch meeting to make 
it appear as though Kimball had 
missed an important meeting so 
early in his presidential career. 
' "He loves setting people up like 
that, he loves to jerk your chain," 
said Larry Wagner, senior pastor 
at Ascension Lutheran Church, 
where Lundring is an active 

In 1993, he was awarded the 
Outstanding Alumni Award and 
later in 2005, he was inducted into 
the Hall of Fame for his immense 
support of CLU athletics. 

"If you had the ability to go into 
a laboratory and make the perfect 
alumni you would make Karsten," 
Steve Wheady said, vice president 
of university advancement. 

Lundring and his wife Kirsten, 
CLU alumna of '64, have 
supported a number of building 
projects around campus. "Every 
major building on campus or 
campaign over the last 30 years 
Karsten and Kirsten have been a 
part of," Wheady said. 

"If you name it, Karsten and 
Kirsten have supported it." 
Some of the projects they have 

contributed to include the Spies- 
Bornemann Center for Education 
and Technology, the Soiland 
Humanities Center, Samuelson 
Chapel and the Lundring Events 
Center, which they gave as a gift 
to CLU. 

"You won't find a more 
dedicated alumnus of CLU than 
Karsten Lundring," Wagner said. 

The Lundrings have also 
established the Lundring Family 
Music Scholarship and The 
Lundring Youth Leadership 
Endowment, adding just one 
more way they truly support the 
students of CLU. 

"He is simply an extravert who 
loves people and loves this place," 
Maxwell- Doherty said. 




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Scott Beebe 



Josh Moskowitz 

Trace Ronning 



Dr. Steve Ames 

Matt Kufeld 



Jennifer Hammond 

Carly Robertson 

Chelsea Jensen 
Laura Keams 

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September 17,2008 

How to talk to 
your professor 

Dr. Seth 

So it turns out one of my 
students' aunts has the power of 
resurrection, which you have to 
admit is kind of impressive. At 
least I have to assume this is the 
case, since she died twice in one 

That's right; she passed away for 
the first time just three 
weeks into class, right 
before our first exam. 
I remember because 
he said she had died of 
liver failure, which 
I thought was a sort 
of random thing for 
an aunt to die from. 
But I wasn't about to 
question him. I have 
a solid no-question 
policy with dead 
relatives. If you're the 
kind of person who 
wants to risk the righteous smiting 
of God or karma or whatever just 
to avoid your chemistry midterm, 
that's on your head.. 

I was a little perplexed before the 
final when she died again. 

"Wow," I said, genuinely 
shocked. "Both your aunts died 
of liver failure." 

It wasn't a question, I believed 
him (see my rule on death, 
above). It just seemed poetically 
unjust and rather unlikely. 

I watched his eyes widen as 
he realized what he'd done. He 
stammered, his face flushed, and 
I feared he would spontaneously 
combust (I like to imagine he sort 
of wanted to). 

I guess he had forgotten he had 
already pulled this particular 
excuse with me and couldn't save 
the whole mess well enough to 
explain why all of his aunts kept 
on blowing out their livers (I 
don't know why his aunt always 
had to kick it, and I'm not sure 
why he was obsessed with liver 
failure - maybe he drank a lot?). 

Let's just say the story didn't end 
well for him. 

I should have been tipped off 
by the fact that she kept dying 
right before exams. Another 

professor once theorized that 
they (the relatives) must literally 
worry themselves to death over 

their students' test performance, 

since so many aunts, uncles and 

grandparents die around exam 

The thing is, I don't want to ask 

you for a doctor's note proving 

that you were really having bad 

It's insulting. But so is looking 

me in the eye and telling me 

you were mauled by a bear in 

Yosemite and that's why you had 

to miss the exam. Gimme a break. 

I have a Ph.D. and stuff. 
I don't want to lose my faith in 

humanity, either. 
We're supposed to know that 

when something crappy happens 

to us, people - professors among 

them - will exhibit a little old- 
fashioned compassion and 

understanding without asking 

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Likewise, I want to know 

that when someone elicits said 

compassion from me, I'm not 

being duped. I know that some 

of my colleagues insist on death 

certificates, and it's not (usually) 

because they're cruel and 

heartless; it's because 

it's become nigh 

impossible to separate 

truth from fiction. 

As our current 
president says, "fool 
me once, shame on 
— shame on you. 
Fool me — you can't 
get fooled again." Or 
something to that 

So how do you talk 

to your professor 

when you're behind 

or really missed the exam for an 

honest reason? 

Well, I can't speak for all of us. 
Some professors don't have an 
understanding bone in their body 
(or maybe only one of those really 
little ones in the ear. The "stapes," 
or whatever). 

But I recommend - and I know 
this is a crazy idea, but hear me 
out - just talking to us honestly. 
If something bad has happened, 
we want to help you. But even if 
you just messed up, honestly we'll 
still probably get you the best 

The most honest excuse I ever 
got was, "I was up too late the 
night before, and I chucked my 
alarm clock across the room this 
morning when it went off. I can't 
believe I'm telling you this, but I 
honestly slept straight through 
the exam. It's totally my fault 
- trust me; I woke up panicking. 
This class is important to me and 
I was hoping you would give me a 
chance to make it up somehow." 

Now, I do not advise this method 
for everyone: the best method is 
to actually set three, maybe four 
alarm clocks, and be in your seat 
to take the exam. 

But, I had a lot more respect for 
this student than for the auntie- 
killer. 1 was a lot easier on him 
when it came to grading at the 
end of the semester and I gave 
him the benefit of the doubt. He 
put his money where his mouth 
was and had done decently well 
on the other exams. I was really 
impressed that he was willing to 
be honest and take responsibility 
for his own actions and I thought 
it should be rewarded. 

So please don't kill any 
unsuspecting relatives on my 
behalf. Really, now - how would 
you like it if your aunt told her 
boss that you had died of liver 
failure so she wouldn't have to go 
into work on Monday? Treat me 
with honesty and respect and I'll 
give you the same. Because I'm a 
person, too. 

That's how to talk to your 

Photo by Doug Barnett 

Junior Cameron Mitchell browses for a textbook in the newly renovated bookstore. 

Bookstore Remodeled 

New paint, new merchandise, new attitude 

By Elicia Hildreth 
Echo Staff Writer 

California Lutheran University is 
making huge changes on campus 
starting with the bookstore. The 
remodel, completed this summer, 
offers new merchandise and a 
fresh look. 

"Our goal was to create a 
bookstore that would be a point 
of pride at Cal Lutheran," said 
Elio Distaola, director of public 
and campus relations with Follet 
Higher Education Group. "As a 
long-time partner, we wanted the 
bookstore to reflect the traditions 
of the campus but also be more 
inviting for students to come 
and browse for bestsellers and 

The bookstore has more CLU 
merchandise than the previous 

From new sweatshirts to new 

key chains, it attracts different 
styles that every student or faculty 
member can enjoy. 

They have also installed a TV 
behind the cash register, that has 
all the latest news and events that 
happen at CLU. 

"I think that all the employees 
would agree that the remodeled 
bookstore really makes coming to 
work enjoyable," Distaola said. 

Even the students are impressed 
by the remodel. 

"It is very clean, pleasant, and 
organized," senior Lizzi Orona 
said. "Customer service is great 
and there are more employees on 
staff to help with your needs." 

Other students think the changes 
have improved the quality of the 
bookstore's image as well. 

"With the remodel it looks like 
a collegiate bookstore. It also has 
a more homely feel to it," senior 
Kelsey Hart said. 

With a new Student Union 
Building in the strategic plan, 
some speculate this will include a 
new bookstore. 

"At this time we are unsure of 
the exact plans of what will be in 
the Student Union Building," said 

No matter the location however, 
Follet Higher Education Group 
plans to continue its relationship 
with CLU. 

"After 25 years of partnership 
with Cal Lu, we can confidendy 
say, that regardless of the location 
we will always be honored to work 
with the university to create a 
store that exceeds the expectations 
of the campus." 

While students are unsure of 
when the SUB will be remodeled, 
students can enjoy the changes 
made in the bookstore and buy 
something that reflects the pride 
of CLU. 

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September 17, 2008 


Page 7 

'Burn After Reading' 

A misplaced CD leads to deaths and affairs 
in the dark comedy from the Coen Brothers 

"It's a renter! 

Is the reading worth the burn? That is the question 
you will ask yourself when you leave the theater after 
seeing "Burn after Reading." 

This film makes you ask yourself countless times, 
"What just happened?" 

"Burn after Reading" is 
written and directed by 
Joel and Ethan Coen'. With 
that knowledge alone, you 
know you're in store for a 
mind twisting thriller that 
incorporates a lot of dry 

That is the theme that the 
Coen Brothers repeat most 
through their films. Their 
movies can be perceived as 
weird, but in most cases they 
are excellent cinematic works 
of art. 

The recently released 
blockbuster hit, "No Country 
for Old Men," which earned 
best picture, and "Fargo" are 
among their most well known 

"Burn after Reading" tells 
the story of a CD that is 
misplaced by a divorce lawyer, 
which contains what seems to be an ex-CIA official's 

But of course, it wouldn't be a movie without a 
few affairs and an occasional gunshot to the head. 

The misplaced CD is found at a local fitness 
gym by workout junkie Chad Feldheimer (Brad 
Pitt). After viewing the CD. thinking the contents 
is music, Chad sees what he believes to be highly 
classified work. 

After finding out the CD belongs to an ex-CIA 
analyst named Osborne Cox (John Malkovich), 
Chad and co-worker Linda Litzke (Frances 


By Scott Beebe 

McDormand) conjure up a plot to use the CD as 

leverage to get some money. Litzke helps in the 

plot with the incentive of accomplishing her goal of 

recieving four plastic surgeries. 

They think the plan is fool- 
proof but they don't know 
that the CD doesn't contain 
a memoir, but rather Cox's 
financial statements. Cox's 
wife, Katie (Tilda Swinton) is 
having an affair with Harry 
Pfarrer (George Clooney) and 
is the one who made the CD 
for her divorce lawyer. 

In the middle of it all; Chad 
and Linda decide to take the 
disc to the Russian Consulate 
to try and get money from 
them since Osborne won't 
give them what they want. 

Driven by greed and 
insecurity, Chad and Linda 
get themselves into a load of 
trouble with both the Russians 
and the CIA. 

If I were go into further 
detail I will spoil the film 
for you, but I will reveal that 
Linda winds up getting her 

plastic surgery one way or another. 
"Burn After Reading" takes viewers on a journey 

through blackmail, adultery, greed, death and even 

The Coen Brothers have yet again released a film 

that will raise eyebrows and make you ask questions, 

yci people will go see "Burn after Reading" because 

of the history of the Coen's films and their A-list 

The burn gets cheated in this Coen flick and the 

audience is left with these final words, "Let's try and 

not have that happen again." 













"What can your ASCLU-G do for you?" 

"Government can 

do a better job 

getting the clubs 

and organizations 

together so we can 

get to know one 


—Junior, Robert Amey 

"I'd like to see better 
weekend hours at the 

—Freshman, Jordan 

"Parking is an 

—Senior, Amanda Graves 

commuters had a 
designated place to 
keep our stuff." 

—Freshman, Mangala 

I don't see enough 

recycle bins in the 


—Sophomore, Billy 

California Lutheran University 


The Echo 

Page 8 

September 17,2008 

Making the most of your time at CLU 

By Candice Cerro 

Editor in Chief 

I sat at the involvement fair on 
Wednesday contemplating the 
topic of my first article as editor 
in chief. Sitting at my club's booth 
however, I lost focus because 
I was talking to new freshmen 
about opportunities at CLU. 

As each new student shared with 

me the things he or she would like 
to be involved in, I got a little bit 
sentimental. If you know me at 
all, you know that I have been 
involved in many different ways 
at CLU. 

My story may not read exacdy 
like you thought it would though. 
During orientation week, I was 
not the first to the top of the 
rocks or screaming the loudest at 

In fact, I opted out of playfair 
and headed to The Oaks mall for 
some retail therapy and a milk 
shake from Johnny Rockets. 

Throughout my freshmen year, 
I stayed tucked away in my room 
in Mt. Clef and talked only to my 
roommates, who happened to be 
my friends from home as well. 

Needless to say, I did not 
transition smoothly from high 
school to college. 

I decided at the end of second 
semester to give CLU a try though. 
I ran for student government 

...the truth is that they 
helped me become 
more settled in to CLU 
and comfortable with 

by some miracle, was elected to 
programs board. 

Knowing how hard of a time I 
had as a freshman, I wanted to 
help others make the transition 
to college. I decided to be a peer 

As I advised the new freshmen 
however, a peculiar thing 
happened; while I like to think 
I really helped them, the truth 
is that they helped me become 
more setded in to CLU and 
comfortable with myself. 

I was enjoying my CLU 
experience and decided I wanted 
to do even more. My next venture 
was studying in Washington, 

I recommend for any student 
who has not yet done so, go check 

out the study abroad center. 

Even if you cannot devote 
yourself to an entire semester, 
you could do a travel seminar for 
a couple of weeks. I grew so much 
as an individual and I had the 
time of my life in D.C. 

Becoming a local in a place 
completely foreign to oneself, 
whether it be Washington, D.C. 
or Rome, will truly be the biggest 
opportunity for growth in your 
life, not to mention it is pretty 
darn cool. 

As junior year came, I was now 
becoming known as one of the 
people who was quite involved 
at CLU. I became an intern in 
Wellness Programs and was 
then a student ambassador as 
well as a department assistant in 

When your senior year comes 
around, you will find yourself 
wondering how the time went by 
so fast like it did for me. 

This year however, I am taking 
a different approach. While I am 

still involved as editor in chief 
and president of a club, I also 
want to take the time to spend too 
many late nights barbequing with 
my friends, going to margarita 
Mondays and of course watching 
"The Hills" on MTV. 

I think it is imperative for 
everyone to get involved in some 
facet of CLU. Try a little bit of 
everything if you want to. 

Just make sure you also go to 
some sports games, dance at 
Borderline at least once and have 
a beer at PJ's once you are 2 1 . 

Get involved in something you 
are interested in while at CLU. 
You don't have to be involved in 
everything like I have been, but 
find your niche in either a club, 
sport, or other extracurricular 

Enjoy your year at CLU, have 
lots of fun and late nights and 
always read The Echo (it's one of 
those imperative things you just 
can't miss out on). 

It's not easy being green 

Students arriving on campus 
earlier this month may have 
been seeing green- as far as 'eco- 
friendly' is concerned. 

Since I transferred here last fall, 
I have noticed that every semester 
students and faculty have been 
more involved in participating in a 
projects to help our environment 
and embrace the effort to be more 
environmentally conscious. 

During this past year there have 
been very successful activities 
created and run by students in 
order to promote awareness 
and action among the CLU 
community. Last year in Business 
442 Advertising Campaigns, 
students devoted a whole semester 
to the configuration of campaigns 
designed to do just that. 

"Fillanthropy" challenged 
students last fall to refill bottles 
of water using Brita filters and 
reusable hard-plastic bottles 
instead of wasteful bottled water 
bought and thrown away on 

Last spring, students' campaign 
"rEthink" encouraged the school 
community to donate used and 
broken electronic devices to 
Goodwill bins on campus in 
attempts to foster awareness of the 
dangers associated with recycling 
electronic waste improperly. 

It is obvious that CLU students 
and faculty have been more 
committed to cleaning up the 
environment where we learn. 

This year has been no exception. 
In attempts to further conserve 
and encourage a sustainable 
way of living, CLU has provided 

By Hollie Lowenberg 
Echo Staff Writer 

students who live on campus with 
Brita filters and eco friendly 

Anyone can sign a 
pledge, but actually do- 
ing, and continuing to 
do so, are two complete- 
ly different things. 

light bulbs at the beginning of the 

Even the campus dining has 
taken action. The Centrum 
eliminated straws and switched 
to biodegradable cups. Further, 
all food ordered to go is placed in 
recyclable paper boxes. 

Also, Freshman students were 
given Nalgene water bottles 
instead of plastic water botdes on 
move-in day. 

But how serious are we? 

Are we, as a college community, 
really open to drinking out of 
biodegradable cups that fall apart, 

and will we keep our promise 
when we pledge to cut down on 
our use of water bottles? 

Will we use our Brita filters 
and will we go out of our way to 
recycle our e-waste properly? 

Even though I believe we mean 
well, I think many would agree 
that keeping up with any routine 
doesn't last any longer than a few 
days before going back to our old 

I noticed that many people who 
signed the Fillanthrophy pledge 
still continue to purchase water 

Many who pledged to recycle 
e-waste most likely, whether 
conscious of it or not, still throw 
away some electronical device at 
some point since last spring. 

Although I believe as a campus 
we have been doing a great job 
encouraging change, as well as 
educating about the cause, we 
lack the willpower to actually 
follow through. Anyone can 
sign a pledge, but actually doing, 
and continuing to do so, are two 
completely different things. 

Perhaps the school could offer 
a type of reward to motivate 
students. It takes more than just a 
free refillable water bottle to keep 
students encouraged. Whether 
we could create competition 
between dormitories or classes, or 
offer some incentive, it would be 
interesting to see what students 
would be willing to do to conserve 
throughout the semester and how 
it would effect the cause — surely 
for the better. 


By Leslie Richman 

Echo Staff Writer 

Picture this: A room the size of 
a shoebox, a sloppy bathroom 
at 7 a.m. comprised of laughing 
hyenas (known as girls), and a 
cafeteria line so long you lose 
your appetite by the time you've 
reached the front. I've been there, 
I've done that. 

Maybe that's why now, after 
transferring to my fourth college, 
I could quite honestly care less 
about the hoopla us "commuter" 
or "transfer" students face when 
coming to a new college. 

Three years ago, at a ripe age 
of 18, commuting to Thousand 
Oaks from the bubble known as 
Calabasas would've almost killed 

Reasons for this would be 

1.) I wouldn't have been able to 
experience that tiny dorm room. 

2.) That hectic morning routine 
with girls fighting over the 

As a new transfer student to Cal 
Lutheran, I've found that the 40 
minute commute to and from 
school everyday isn't the part 
that bothers me. Ironically, it's the 
lack of social community and the 
lack of personal connections with 
fellow students which create this 
awkward and unfamiliar void on 
campus. It's something I'm feeling 
for the first time this fall as both a 
transfer and commuter student. 
This must be normal, right... 
especially, as a junior transfer? 

Personally, I believe another 
main reason why transfer students 
may feel out of the loop at CLU is 
because of the tremendous flood 
of freshman students the campus 
was hit with this fall semester. A 
large amount of effort was placed 
on the planning and executing of 
freshman orientation activities. 

Let's be honest, it is definitely 
important to focus more on 
keeping the freshman students 
around than some measly transfer 
student that only has a year until 

Now 21, and completely 
enjoying what are soon to be 
my final college experiences, I 
find myself throwing all my time 
and energy into racking up units 
to graduate in the near future. 
Nevertheless, I plan on going 
out of my way to make my final 
experiences at Cal Lutheran the 
cherry on top on all the different 
flavored colleges I've attended. 

September 17,2008 



Page 9 

Sarah Palin: 

Nice hair, bad policies 

By Missy Bain 
Echo Staff Writer 

Sarah Palin is no doubt an odd 
vice presidential choice for John 
McCain and is extremely under- 
experienced for the position, 
so why is she getting so much 

I believe that many women 
see her as being just like them, 
with their family values and best 
interests in mind and believe that 
she is a good replacement for 
Hillary Clinton. 

Not only is this far from the 
truth, but if she were elected, she 
could quite possibly take away 
many of the rights we women 
enjoy today. 

While doing research on her, I 
discovered that while she was the 
mayor of small-town Wasilla, Al„ 
rape victims had to pay for their 
own rape kits (a sexual assault 
forensic evidence kit used to 
determine the suspect) which cost 
them a hefty $1,200. 

So, not only were these women 
violated and injured, now they 
had to endure a humiliating and 
uncomfortable rape evidence 
procedure which they had to 
pay for to even have a slight 
chance of catching the disgusting 

Plus, if they were to become 
pregnant as a result of this rape, 
they would not be allowed to have 
an abortion under the demented 
leadership of Mrs. Palin. 

Does that sound like something 
most women would identify with 
and agree with? I think not. 

In fact, the police chief that 
she appointed while in office, 

Charlie Fannon, fought against 
the former governor at the time, 
Tony Knowles (D), who was in 
the process of signing legislation 
to make the local police branches 
cover the cost of these rape kits. 

Fannon said his motivation was 
to keep the taxpayers from being 
responsible for someone else's 

Palin's extremist views don't 
stop there. Oh no, they get better. 

As governor of Alaska, she sued 
the U.S. Government to get them 
to stop listing polar bears as an 
endangered species for fear it 
might make people reconsider 
drilling in ANWR (the Arctic 
National Wildlife Refuge). 

Not only does she discriminate 
against polar bears, but if 

Not only does she dis- 
criminate against polar 
bears, but if you are 
gay, or anything like it, 

you are gay, or anything like it, 

If she had any say, she would 
preserve the "definition of 
marriage" (according to the Bible, 
a source deemed fiction by some) 
and give homosexual couples no 
spousal benefits. 

She would even tell other 
companies that it is ok to 
discriminate against homosexual 
people by denying them benefits 
as a couple. 

On education Palin believes 
creationism should be taught 
next to evolution. But, I was 
always under the impression that 
you learned science in school, 
and about faith in Sunday school. 
With so many religions and 
beliefs out there, should that 
really change? 

On top of that, she believes that 
parents should have the right to 
opt-out of having their children 
read schoolbooks they find 

Honestly, what schoolbook 
could be so offensive that their 
children would be mentally 
harmed from it? 

A sex-education book? 

Maybe if she had allowed her 17 
year old daughter, Bristol, to read 
one in high school, she wouldn't 
be pregnant today. 


A shot of hypocrisy 

California Lutheran University 
is creating conflicting moral 
implications to the student 
body and members of the CLU 
community by making official 
CLU shot glasses readily available 
in the on-campus bookstore. 

As students walk into the 
bookstore to buy another 
semester's worth of textbooks, 
they are greeted with a table 
drenched in purple and yellow. 
If they take a moment they might 
notice a new feature item: an 
official CLU shot glass, which is 
also available as a double shot. 

These shot glasses are a new 
edition to the bookstore's 
souvenir paraphernalia this 
semester and they have raised 
a few eyebrows in the CLU 

"I feel a little guilty just looking 
at it," junior Lacey Pfaendler 

Incoming freshmen are on 
constant alert to avoid being 
caught in the wrong place, like in 
the same room as a bunch of shot 
glasses. This is a little confusing 
now that they are being peddled 
in the bookstore, but if they are 
found in a dorm room with a 
trace of alcohol, it's write up 

Since its foundation in 1959, 
CLU has chosen to be a dry 
campus in hope to sustain an 
optimal learning environment 
for its students. CLU is a private 
university that is "rooted in the 
Lutheran tradition of Christian 
faith," according to the mission 

statement. CLU Residence Life 
stands by its decision insisting a 
dry campus is in the best interest 
of the students' health and 

Living on a dry campus is 
inconvenient for many college 
students, but CLU's reasoning 
is legitimate. I would hope and 
assume that CLU has the students' 
best interest at heart, yet it is 
frustrating that CLU chooses to 
inconsistently uphold the morals 
on which they base this decision. 

Even if CLU were not a dry 
campus, is this truly how we want 
to portray ourselves as a school 
and as a student body? 

Members of the CLU community 
will view the sale of these shot 
glasses in the same way countless 
students do- as an inconsistency 
of standards. Not all CLU students 
are model citizens seven days a 
week, but I would hope that all 
CLU students value the positive 
reputation we have built in the 
community as mature, well- 
rounded students. 

The bookstore and Residence 
Life state that these shot glasses 
are merely souvenirs. Perhaps 
these shot glasses are an 
inexpensive souvenir to pick up 
for your grandfather, but the 
moral implications of carrying 
a product like this reflect on the 
students and the administration 
in a negative light. 

The administration that stands 
by the policy of embracing a dry 
campus should equally embrace 
everyday actions that reflect that 

policy, if they wish their decision 
to be respected. 

I understand that CLU 
students have the capacity to 
drink responsibly, but when 
taking a double shot of tequila, 
few students want to think about 
school. If you are looking for a 
sentimental souvenir I suggest 
grabbing the teddy bear or the 
sweatshirt and leaving the shot 
glasses to be purchased in more 
appropriate places like Cancun or 
Las Vegas. 

As a student body, we are 
passionate about our beliefs. 
Although our beliefs may be 
different, we understand the need 
to stand behind our viewpoints 
and act accordingly. We expect 
our administration here at CLU 
to do the same. 

By Kristin Gilman 
Echo Staff Writer 


By Trace Ronning 
Sports Editor 

A new regime of terror has entered 
our territory. Yes, that's right, but 
it's not the Bush administration 
somehow being elected for a third 
term and it's not even Saddam 
Hussein magically rising to power 
again. Would you like to venture 
a guess? 

Of course you know exactly what 
I'm talking about - parking your 
car at CLU! 

Wouldn't it be lovely to park your 
car right outside your dormitory 
when you really don't want to 
walk halfway across campus just 
to get to your dorm, because 
you're tired and its almost 1 a.m. 
(because who honestly goes to 
college to be home at night)? 
You mean the closest I can park 
to Mogen is the chapel? The 


Listen up CLU emergency line, 
while I am praying that you 
somehow fix the horrendous 
parking situation soon, I don't 
think I need to visit the chapel 
right now. It's 12:45 a.m. and I 
really just want to go to my room, 
maybe watch TV and decide 
its not worth my time. Even 
that would be more worthwhile 
than driving up and down 
Memorial Parkway, thinking to 
myself, "Gee, it would be nice if 
I could park here without being 

About the parking ticket I've 
received, I find it hard to accept 
the fact that I'm going to pay for 
parking in literally the only spot I 
could find on campus. It's great 
that we don't have to pay for 

parking permits here, because I've 
seen how costly they can be, but I 
would willingly pay 30 dollars if I 
was guaranteed a decent parking 

I'd love to tackle the big issues 
like the fact that our president has 
yet found another way to publicly 
butcher the magnificent English 
language. I'd love to make the 
world aware that John McCain 
knows exacdy how we're going 
to deal with global warming, but 
I can't decide which is more stupid 
- his response to global warming, 
or the fact that it's a Wednesday 
night and I'd like to go bed, but 
instead I'm walking from the Mt. 
Clef parking lot to Mogen because 
I'm living in fear of campus 
security chasing me down, stealing 
my keys and towing my car. 

I'm not complaining because I 
hate exercise, I mean - look at 
me, people won't shut up about 
how I could stand to gain some 
weight, but I'm too addicted to 
exercise, it'll never happen, I will 
not become fat 

But that's beside the point. 
I'm being denied my American 
right to have the opportunity to 
become fat, because I'll never be 
able to. park closer than half a mile 
to the place I live, and then walk 
up the stairs, across the hall, into 
the suite, down the hall again, and 
finally to my bed where I wish I 
was, if I didn't feel so compelled 
to write an article about how long 
it took for me to get here. 

California Lutheran University 

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f* The Echo . 


September 17, 2008 

Soccer shines on East Coast 

Regals go a 
perfect 2-0 in 

putting one away in the second 

A minute and a half into the 
second overtime sophomore 
forward Brittany Clark found the 
back of the net, with an assist by 

By Krystle Van Deusen 
Echo Staff JVriter 

California Lutheran University 
women's soccer team worked 
hard last season to fundraise 
enough money to go to Virginia 
this year. 

Unfortunately with Hurricane 
Hanna approaching and 
Hurricane Ike close behind, the 
women's soccer tournament in 
Virginia was canceled. 

Following the cancellation 

of the trip, the Regals' 

coaches contemplated adding 

tournament in Maryland to play 

two teams; one of which was 

r ... 
scheduled to play in Virginia. 

"The girls were really upset due 
to the Virginia trip cancellation, 
especially the seniors," head 
coach Nancie Moskowitz said. 
"With the added trip, it gives 
them more of an incentive to 
play hard since the opportunity 
was almost taken away." 

This was exactly the case in the 
first game in Maryland against 
Christopher Newport from 
Virginia. The CNU Captains 
drove three hours only to get 
outlasted by the Regals in double 
overtime 1-0 defeat. 

"Things weren't coming 
together in the first half as 
well as we wanted," said senior 
midfielder, Marisa Zambetti. 
"The second half we settled in 
a little better, and had more 
of an offensive threat, finally 


senior forward, Sarah Rickert. 
With the adrenaline from the 
win against the Captains, the 
Regals were looking forward to 
their next competition against 
Stevenson University. Clark 

"We hadn't won our 
first two games coming 
into this tournament, 
so we really exerted 
urgency to come out 
with two wins." 

-- Sarah Rickert 

and freshman Rosemarie 
Lombardie took control in the 
first half, each contributing a 

After the half, the Regals 
continued to stay strong. 
Rebekah Cases scored the third 
goal of the game after an assist 
from freshman Jessica Dingman. 

Lombardie followed up with 
a free kick from 25 yards out, 

tallying up the final score to a 4-0 
win over the Mustangs. m 

"We had lost our first two 
games coming into this 
tournament, so we really need to 
exert urgency to come out with 
fwo wins," senior captain Sarah 
Rickert said. "There was such 
an extra effort to make this trip 
happen so I told the girls we need 
to | ait every ounce of our effort 
into this so we can come out on 

The CLU women's soccer 
team, now 2-2 on the season, 
graduated two crucial seniors. 
Ten newcomers and 14 veterans 
make up the 2008 roster, fulfilling 
the lost seniors' positions. With 
many new recruits in the starting 
lineup, the mix of returners and 
freshman are building a strong 
foundation for this upcoming 

As the 2008 Regals soccer team 
continues to grow, they have set a 
long-term goal to make it to the 
NCAA playoffs, as they did in the 
2007 season. Their main goal is 
not only making it to the playoffs 
but also continuing past the first 
round. With that ambition in 
mind, the team is taking it one 
game at a time. 

The Regals will face the La 
Verne Leopards in a SCIAC 
match-up today at 4 pm at La 
Verne. La Verne will be returning 
two all-SCIAC team members 
this year in Ashley Vanga and 
Danielle Sumlin. Their next 
home game will be another 
conference game against the 
Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens on Sept. 
20 at 1 1 am at the new soccer 
field located on north campus 
by the Gilbert Sports and Fitness 

Cross country team 
ready for 2008 season 

By Nicole Jacobsen 

Echo Staff Writer 

Along with the beginning of 
a new season, the California 
Lutheran cross country team 
startled off by meeting their new 
head and assistant coaches, Matt 
Lea and Nicole Crawford. 

Lea, a University of Arizona 
alum, was previously the CLU 
cross country and track and field 
assistant coach for two years 
before replacing Scott Fickerson 
as head coach. 

"I've been trying to get the team 
used to working with Nicole," Lea 
said. "She has great experience 
running long distance and can 
teach them a lot." 

Crawford, a graduate student at 
CLU, previously participated in 
cross country and track and field 
at Oregon State. After suffering 

from a severe knee injury, she 
walked onto the cross country 
team her sophomore year and 
earned herself a scholarship for 
the following three years. 

"When I was looking for schools 
with the graduate program I was 
looking for, Cal Lu seemed to be 
the perfect choice," Crawford said. 
"I desperately wanted to get away 
from all of the rain and when I 
visited the campus in January, I 
fell in love with it." 

Before attending CLU, Crawford 
had no idea she would be named 
the assistant coach. She had 
contacted Fickerson in January 
and asked if there was a GA 
position on the team, but once 
Fickerson decided to take the job 
at Santa Barbara City College she 
was told she would be the new 
assistant coach. 

"At first I was nervous since I 

had no previous experience in 
coaching before," Crawford said. 
"But thankfully I have a huge 
support system from my past 
coaches, and former teammates. 
If 1 need advice or help planning 
a practice they're always, willing to 
give me fresh ideas." 

Making the switch from 
participating in NCAA Division 
I athletics to helping coach 
Division III wasn't too difficult. 

"Both divisions are competitive," 
she said. "I can tell these students 
really want to be here every day. 
They put forth the extra effort 
and try to be the very best they 
can be." 

As far as team bonding goes, 
Crawford thinks everybody seems 
to be getting along extremely well, 
despite the new coaching staff. 

"When Coach Lea and I first 
started working together with the 

Sam Van Gorder prepares to pass. 

Photo by Scott Chisholm 

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Softball Sundays 

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team there was a lot of trial and 
error," she said. 

"Now, each day gets easier and 
the students seem to enjoy what 
they're doing. They work hard 
during practice but still have a 
good time. The bond they have 
is important and will help them 
succeed this season." 

Sophomore Brett Halvaks, a first 
time runner for the CLU cross 
country team, said he's glad he 
decided to join the team this year 
and enjoys going to practice every 

"Coach Lea and Coach 
Crawford do a great job keeping 
us motivated during practice" 
Halvaks said. "They're always 
energetic and make practice fun 
for us." 

The entire cross country team 
and coaches are extremely 
excited about this season. Even 
though they're going through a 
transitional phase right now, they 
couldn't be happier about how 
this season is turning out. 

September 17, 2008 


Page 1 1 

Fresh faces lead Kingsmen soccer 

Graduates leave 
holes in starting 
lineup for young 
players to fill 

By Jeff Chaney 

Echo Staff Writer 

After losing 1 1 seniors, the 
Kingsmen soccer team has been 
faced with the challenge of 
rebuilding its team. This year 
they have a very young squad 
that is blooming with talent and 

Slapping a victory in the first 
week of September against fourth 
ranked UC Santa Cruz for the 

"Not only do we have a 
great group of talented 
athletes, but we have 
an exceptional group 
of young men and 

-- Clark Cripps 

first time since 2000 shows that 
new players are picking things 
up quickly. The Kingsmen are 
primarily comprised of a mosdy 
sophomore starting lineup but 
their maturity as a team will 
help bring them more highs 

From left to right; Steffen Isetorp, 
throughout the season. 

"Not only do we have a great 
group of talented athletes, but 
we have an exceptional group of 
young men and students," assistant 
coach Clark Cripps said. "It's the 
little things that each player brings 
to the table, that is the heart of our 

With international players 
coming from Norway and Japan, 
and the rest from five different 
states in the United States, the 
Kingsmen are lucky to have such a 
diverse oudook at the same game. 

"I feel blessed that our team is 
being exposed to different playing 
styles on a daily basis," said junior 

Jorge Martinez, Ryan Dosh, Victor Perez 
forward Brad Hendrickson. "We of the top 
are definitely taking notes on 
each other and learning from one 

Photo by Doug Barnett 


The Kingsmen will be led 
again this year by first team All- 
SCIAC selection Josh Moskowitz. 
Moskowitz has proven to be one 

forward players in 
the conference in his last three 
seasons. Moskowitz has led the 
Kingsmen in goals and assists for 
the last three years and has scored 
a goal in each one of the three 
games thus far. 

Due to the loss of last year's 
seniors, quite a few sophomores 
will be seeing a lot of playing time 
on the field this year. 

"These sophomores have a lot 
o their plate, and I think they 
like it that way," co-captain Ryan 
McDermott said. "They really 
are happy to have such an impact 
on the team in only their second 

Jorge Martinez, who had an 
impressive freshmen year in 
2007 will be looking to put 
the ball in the goal some more 
after finishing his first season 
with the Kingsmen as the 
second leading scorer. 

"We have some young guys 
that are really stepping it up 
from their rookie seasons as 
well," Cripps said. 

Sophomore Ryan Dosh will 
be coming off an experienced 
rookie season to bring some 
muscle to the midfield. 

"We are all excited about 
our responsibility this year 
compared to last year," Dosh 
said. "We are going to step it 

Sophomore Victor Perez will 
be holding down midfield 
with his speed and impressive 
footwork while Steffen Isetorp 
returns with his international 
experience from Norway to 
help anchor the midfield. 

With their eyes on the SCIAC 
prize again, the team is looking 
forward to quenching that 
tide for a second year straight. 
Lead by Head Coach Dan 
Kuntz, who is in his 16 ,h season 
with CLU, the Kingsmen hope 
to match their SCIAC record 
of 12-2 from last year, if not 

There will undoubtedly be 
plenty of excitement at the 
Kingsmen's new soccer field 
on the north side of the Gilbert 
Sports and Fitness Center is 
open for its first season. 

CLU volleyball wins 
12 consecutive games 

Regals go 4-0 as 
tourney hosts 

By Jackson Damron 
Echo Staff Writer 

The California Lutheran 
University volleyball team won 
12 straight games and defeated 
three west region opponents while 
achieving a 4-0 record in the Cal- 
Lu-fornia Invitational this past 

The nation's 22 nd ranked Regals 
will host the 6-6 Warriors of 
Westmont College, an NAIA team, 
tomorrow at 7 p.m. The Warriors 
are on a three game losing streak 
under the direction of head coach 
Ed Smoot, now in his 11 th season 
with Westmont. 

They will begin SCIAC play 
with a home match against the 
University of La Verne at 7:30 p.m. 
on Sept. 23. 

Ten teams came to CLU to take 
part in last weekend's tournament. 
Cal State East Bay, along with CLU 
and UC Santa Cruz, were the only 

teams to go undefeated in the 
round robin style tournament. 

"We started off the season with 
a tough tournament," said head 
coach Kelee Roesel. "But we came 
home and played really well against 
some good regional opponents." 

The Regals were too much for 
Willamette (Ore.) University in 
the tournament opener defeating 
the Bearcats in three straight 
games (25-19, 25-10 and 25-17). 
Senior Summer Plante-Newman 
led the team with 10 kills while 
sophomore Allison Kerr hit .500 
for the match. 

CLU took on Whitworth (Wash.) 
University to finish up its day and 


came out victorious again in three 
straight games (25-15, 25-18, 25- 
22). Megan Thorpe had a match 
high of 11 kills, thanks to a 30 
assist performance by senior setter 
Lindsey Benson. 
Saturday was more of the same for 

the Regals with a quick dispensing 
of Wheaton (Mass.) College (25- 
15,25-18,25-6). The Regals were 
led by Summer Plante-Newman, 
Allison Kerr and Cori hayes who 
hit a very high percentage for the 

Cal Lutheran finalized its 
dominating performance with 
yet another three game victory 
over Chapman University (25-15, 
25-13 and 25-19). Benson was 
everywhere dishing out a season- 
high 38 assists while collecting 
three blocks, three kills and three 
aces. Senior Iibero Elicia Hildreth 
led the team with 1 4 digs. 

"We wanted to come out and 
start fast," sophomore middle 
blocker Allison Kerr said. "We 
didn't want to give the other teams 
a chance to keep it close." 

CLU head coach Kellee Roesel 
moved into fourth on the school's 
all-time win list with her 42 nd career 
win at CLU. Her overall record at 
the end of the tournament now 
stands at improved to 43-17. 

Remaining Schedule: 

Sept. 18, Westmont, 7:00 p.m; 23, 
La Verne, 7:30 p.m; 26, @ Caltech, 
7:30 p.m; 27, Occidental, 6 p.m. 

October 3, @Claremont, 7:30 

Photo by Scott Chisholm 

Benson puts up an assist at the Cal-Lu-fornia Tournament. 
p.m; 4, Pomona-Pitzer 6 p.m; 7, 30 p.m; 25, @ Whittier, 6 p.m; 

Redhnds 7:30 p.m; 10-11 Wild 
West Shootout @ CSV East Bay- 

10, Bowdoin (ME), 1 1 a.m; 
Mount St. Joseph (MD), 3 p.m; 

1 1, UC Santa Cruz, 3 p.m; CSU 
East Bay, 7 p.m; 

21, @ La Verne, 7:30 p.m; 24, 
North Park (IL), 3 p.m; Caltech, 7: 

28, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 
7:30 p.m; 

November 1 , @Pomona- 
Pitzer, 6 p.m; 4 , @Redlands, 
7:30 p.m; 

6, @ Occidental, 7:30 p.m. 

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September 17,2008 

Football drops home opener 

Turnovers spoil the 
first game of the 
season for CLU 

By Nicole Flanary 
Echo Staff Writer 

The California Lutheran 
University Kingsmen football 
team fell short Saturday in 
their season opener with a 
31-17 loss to the Willamette 
University Bobcats. CLU travels 
to Washington next week to 
play against Pacific Lutheran 

The Kingsmen (0-1) will travel 
to Seattle to face the Lutes of 
Pacific Lutheran University (0-1) 
for another non-conference affair 
at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup. 

The Kingsmen are looking to 
use this week's loss as motivation 
to come out victorious against 

The Kingsmen were confident 
heading into their match-up with 
Willamette University but were 
unable to come out victorious. 
Turnovers, however, were costly 
Saturday for the defending SCIAC 
co-champions, who went 5-1 in 
conference play last season. 

"We really wanted to minimize 
mistakes and penalties in the 
game versus Willamette," Coach 
Geno Sullivan said. 

Costly Mistakes 

"We knew going in that 
mistakes would play a big part in 
the outcome of the game." 

CLU's opening drive resulted in 
a turnover, of which the Bobcats 
were unable to capitalize. 

Later in the first quarter, the 
Bobcats kicker Mitchell Rowen 
contributed a 32-yard field goal 
making the score 3-0. 

The second turnover for the 
Kingsmen came early in the 

second quarter when the ball 
was stripped from senior receiver 
Jesse Matlock. 

CLU capped off the first half 
with a 98 yard drive to score as 
junior running back Antoine 
Adams ran for a two-yard 

The Kingsmen had a 
7-3 lead going into half time, 
but were outscored 28-10 in the 
second half. 

"We just really couldn't get into 
a rhythm," senior Kevin Schaifer 

"Our goal was to execute with 
minimal mistakes and we had 
five turnovers." 

Despite the loss on Saturday, the 
Kingsmen are optimistic going 
into this year's season and have 
high hopes for the future. 

"We have several key additions 
to the team. We added senior 
transfer Clayton Cardenas, who 
will start as linebacker and Selase 
Amoaku, who will compete for 
invert positions," Sullivan said. 

Cardenas made a strong debut 
Saturday, combining with senior 
Jacob Calderon for nine tackles 

Danny Hernandez led the 
receiving core, contributing 
seven catches for a total of 69 
yards. Fellow senior receivers 
Jesse Matlock and Kevin Schaifer 
had four and five receptions, 

Senior Leadership 

"Our receivers are one of our 
greatest strengths," Sullivan said. 
"Seniors Sean Coen, Danny 
Hernandez, Jesse Matlock and 
Kevin Schaifer have the leadership 
and experience to help this team 
make big plays." 

The Kingsmen are using 
Saturday's game as a learning 
opportunity, and are looking 
toward the season with 
confidence and optimism. 

"Everyone worked really hard 

Photo by Doug Bamett 

Victor Edwards knocks Willametes Scott Schoettgen out of the endzone on a potential TDpass. 

this off-season and we have really 
come together as a team," Schaifer 
said. "This season we really want 
to reach our full potential. We are 
determined to be the stand-alone 
SCIAC Champions." 

CLU still has the potential to 
go undefeated in SCIAC play as 

Regal Soccer 

their loss was to a non-conference 

"Our goals are simple: to win 
the conference, compete at a high 
level, anything short of a playoff 
appearance will be frustrating," 
Sullivan said. "This group of 
guys is focused and determined 

to reach these goals and they 
know what it feels like to come 
up short," Sullivan said. "With 
that, I believe we can compete for 
not only a conference tide. but. a 
national title." 







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The Echo 

California Lutheran University 

Volume 52, Number 2 

September 24, 2008 

ASCLU-G election takes place 

CLU voters pick 
new government 

By Dana Blackburn 
and Amanda Lovett 
Echo Staff Writers 

The ASCLU-G election for 
various student positions 
concluded on Thursday 1 when 
online votes were counted and 
the winners were announced. 

Freshman board representatives 
elected are Ryan Strand, Alex 
Rajabi, Laju Choudhury and 
Sabrina Hernandez. Freshman 
senators elected include Shannon 
Dempsey, Jose Garcia, Nicole 
Barnhart and Lizzy Schmitter. 

Other members elected are 
Olivia DeFlavio, commuter 
programs board representative; 
Lauren Glass, Commuter 
Senator; Michael Swaidan, 
Transfer Senator and Tyler Lee, 
Sophomore programs board 

"A member of ASCLU-G 
resigned from their position as 
a sophomore programs board 
representative and per the ASCLU 
Constitution, any vacancy which 
occurs before October 1 must be 
filled by a special election within 
three weeks of the vacancy," 
said Andrew Brown, ASCLU-G 

According to Beth Peters, 
ASCLU-G senate director, the 
representative who left Programs 
Board had a time commitment 

issue and leaving Programs Board 
was a "personal choice" to do so. 

However, the special election 
was not the only complication 
involved with this election. The 
voting process needed to be reset 
mid-day Tuesday because of the 
MyCLU Portal system. 

"We recognized a small error on 
the first day of voting and had to 
reset the voting," Brown said. 

"After we reset the voting, the 
error was corrected and the 
system was back in place." 

"ISS was extremely quick in 
helping find a remedy to the 
error. We are confident in the 
results and the system continues 
to improve with each election. " 

Prior to the reset the votes were 
not counted. This could have 
altered the results of this election 
because of the closeness of the 
candidates' totals. 

"I do think that the 
complications did put a tamper 
on the voting process si nce I know 

mum mail line jwiwii who voted 

before the complications, and did 
not want to or feel the need to 
vote again " Johnson said. 

"I know that I lost some votes 
due to the complication, but still 
feel that I gave the election a good 



Students began to cast their 
votes online Tuesday via MyCLU 
Student Portal. A total of 670 
student votes decided which 
candidates would fill the available 
ASCLU-G positions. 

Prior to the election, 
the candidates were given 
approximately one week to 
campaign by making posters and 

Junior voter Katie Arnold prepares to 

flyers, handing out goodies and 
knocking on residence hall doors. 
Freshman and transfer students 
were initially made aware of 
the vacant ASCLU-G positions 
during new student orientation, 
peer advising classes and via- 

"The people that really 
succeed in ASCLU-G 
are those that take the 
initiative... and actually 
taking action on [stu- 
dents] behalf." 

--Andrew Brown 

The special election selected 
Tyler Lee as the new sophomore 
programs board representative, 

Photo by Nathan Hoyt 

vote in her My CLU portal. 
with 57.89 percent of the vote 
against Megan Johnson's 39.21 

"After we received the official 
resignation, we decided to market 
a special election so the new 
representative would be able 
to attend the annual ASCLU-G 
Retreat," said Brown. "It was 
important to include the new 
representative in the retreat 
because so much of the year long 
plans for ASCLU-G are created, 
discussed, and finalized during 
this one weekend event." 

ASCLU-G is committed to 
giving the student body a voice 
on campus. 

"The people that really succeed 
in ASCLU-G are those that take 
the initiative to really look at 
what students are saying around 
campus and actually take action 
on their behalf; which is what 
they are elected to do," Andrew 
Brown, ASCLU president said. 

Brown said he looks forward 
to this coming school year with 
enthusiasm and is confident that 
students who were elected will 
bring fresh, new experience and 
ideas to ASCLU-G. 

"I am very excited to get the 
new members on board so we can 
start to add to the momentum 
that has already begun for this 
school year," he said. 

According to its constitution, 
ASCLU-G is dedicated to 

Photo by Nathan Hoyt 

encouraging academic and social 
development, to providing a 
forum for student expression and 
to furthering Christian growth. 

ASCLU-G is comprised of 
executive cabinet, senate and 
programs board. This student- 
run organization is responsible 
for bringing special activities like 
Club Lu to students. 

'These students are elected to 
represent their fellow students, 
and have the power to suggest 
change to the university 
administration and spend 
thousands of student fee dollars. 

Students should want to 
have a voice in who is elected 
to these positions with these 
responsibilities," Sally Sagen, 
assistant director of student life 

Sagen, who works closely with 
ASCLU-G student members, 
explained that successful student 
government leaders are devoted 
to listening to the ideas and 
concerns of fellow students and 
also determined to bring change 
through efficient and effective 

Students who want to get 
involved with ASCLU-G are 
invited to attend Senate and 
Programs Board meetings, which 
occur Mondays at 5:30 p.m. and 
7:30 p.m. Meetings are open to 
all undergraduates who wish to 

Left to right; Evan Clark, Alisha Morre prepare to vote. 

soccer opens 
SCIAC with 
La Verne 

Page 12 

How CLU's 
internet ser- 
vice has gone 

Page 8 

Where does 
the food you 
eat come 

Page 6 

California Lutheran University 

A I The Echo 


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September 24, 2008 

"The Principle" displayed by Pearce 

By Gigi Arjomand 
Echo Staff Writer 

People from all walks of life 
gathered at Kwan Fong Gallery 
on Saturday night to attend the 
premiere exhibition of Michael 
Pearce's show, "The Principle." 

This collection of work is 
founded in the Alchemical 
Philosophy, taking the viewers 
on a truth-seeking journey from 
ancient, historical places to the 
modern prints to what we have 
contributed forming. 

When walking up to the Kwan 
Fong Gallery, black and gold is 
visible through the windows. 

The luminosity of "As The Crow 
Flies" grows with intensity as the 

"It was like a spiritual 
purification and it made 
me really think of my 

-- Michael Pearce 

77 panels of oil on canvas are 
studied closely and collectively. 

The massiveness of the piece 
strikes a cord within, bringing the 

viewer to remember that there are 
always multiple ways to perceive 

Upon closer inspection, like 
his art, Pearce's life has been 
a multifaceted journey. In the 
past he is known to have had 
professional ties within today's 
pop culture. 

With rapper Master P as a client, 
Pearce was able to branch out on 
a completely new level. 

The successful business 
relationship with Master P 
enabled Pearce to have free 
range in choosing the direction 
in which his projects proceeded 
from there on. 

"Eleven years ago, I was in a 
serious car crash," said Pearce, 
chair of the university's art- 
department."It was like a spiritual 
purification and it made me really 
think of my life. 

I realized that it's really easy 
to die. If you're not living the 
life you've got to live, what's the 

All of the pieces in "The 
Principle" reflect this philosophy. 
The science of Alchemy is a 4,000 
year old process, where people 
search for the prima material, 
known as the substance which' 
everything comes from. 
According to the philosophy of 

Pythagoras, the universe is made 

from the material of God himself. 


Chair Michael Pearce presents his art "The Principle" at the Kwan Fong Gallery. 

Photo by Doug Barnett 

"If you could understand the 
process, you could understand 
the rriind of God," Pearce said. 

Pearce's work is highly 
intellectual, appealing to those 
understanding these philosophies 
and principles, waking ideas and 
thoughts about each person's 
individual truth. , 

However, the paintings and 
installations are so visually 

engaging that even a newborn 
to art will travel that spiritual 
journey through ones own 

Some of the paintings have 
hidden secrets, invisible at a 

first glance, but felt as one looks 

deeper into them. 

Although his work portrays 
ancient land and ancestry, it is 
done so modernly. 

"I've always really liked 
Michael's work. I especially like 
the dimensional quality of it. It 
can be appreciated as beautiful 
art but there's also so much 
underneath to think of so you 

can spend years pondering over 
it," former theology professor Dr. 
Fred Thomas said. 

"Our job is to try to understand," 
Pearce said. 

Speaker discusses Virgin of Gaudalupe 

UCLA professor 
speaks on book 
to students 

By Jennifer Tholse 

Echo Staff Writer 

The Virigin of Guadalupe and 
its history and sacred culture was 
discussed last week at California 
Lutheran University. 

The speaker, Dr. Charlene 
Villasenor Black, associate 
profesor in the art history 
department at UCLA, is the 
author of the book, "Creating the 
Cult of Joseph: Art and Gender in 
the Spanish Empire." 

During her lecture the audience 
learned the importance and 
history of Virgin Guadalupe in 
Latin culture. 

She discussed the 1500s and 
showed Guadalupe's existence 
in art, from its beginning to 
the present. She addressed how 
the painting had been used in 
representations for gender and 
racial issues. 

Villasenor explained how 
Guadalupe has been used 
as a symbol for Mexican 
independence, and political 
symbols for the chicano and pro- 


UCLA professor Dr. Charlene Villasenor Black discusses her book to audience. 

life movements. 

"Guadalupe's history clearly 
shows how the controversies we 
are facing today, are the same that 
have been going on for centuries," 
Black said. 

The Roth Nelson Room was 
filled with students, faculty and 
community members interested 
in what she had to say. 

Sophomore student and 
president of the Latin American 
Student Organization, Yeraldy 

Torres, introduced Black and 
explained that she always had 
been interested in the Virgin of 

She helped put the seminar 
together with Judith Samuel, 
information specialist at the CLU 
Library and Dr. Ernst F. Tonsing, 
emeritus CLU professor. 

Torres enjoyed the speech and 
was happy there were so many 
students present. 

"I already had the history from 

my parents, but now I got the 
symbolic and cultural aspect of 
Guadalupe as well," she said. 

Samuel, who created an exhibit 
of representations of the Virgin 
of Guadalupe in the library, was 
also pleased to see many students 
are interested in the work of 
historical art. 

"It is an essential piece of art, 
especially since it's a woman in 
power and it had such a great 
importance in the Mexican 

history," Black said. 

The Virgin of Guadalupe is 
perhaps one of the most popular 
paintings in Mexican religion and 

Black explained everything 
in details from Guadalupe's 
appearances to 'Juan Diego on a 
hill northwest of Mexico City' near 
one of the most visited Roman 
Catholic shrines, The Basilica of 
Our Lady of Guadalupe.' 

Dr. Christine Sellin, assistant 
professor of art history, explained 
that her students are studying Pre- 
Columbian art and thought this 
seminar was a perfect addition to 
the curriculum. 

"We want to enhance our 
curriculum so it's even more 
diverse than it already is," she said. 
"Also since it was the Mexican 
Independence Day on Sept. 16, 
the timing was perfect." 

For those who missed the 
chance to attend the .seminar 
last week, there is still a great 
opportunity to learn about the 
Virgin of Guadalupe. 

An exhibit is available in the 
CLU library, which displays 
different objects, photographs 
and books related to the famous 
painting. The Exhibit will be open 
until the middle of October. 

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Wal-Mart gives grant to CLU 

By Dana Blackburn 
Echo Staff Writer 

California Lutheran University has been awarded a 
$100,000 Wal-Mart Grant by the Council of Independent 
Colleges to aid in the development and cultivation of 
programs dedicated to the education of first-generation 

Of the 200 applicants, only 20 colleges were ultimately 
awarded the $100,000 grant to improve upon and develop 
programs targeting first-generation student's retention and 
graduation rates. The $100,000 will be spread out over a 
two- year period. 

The 20 colleges chosen to receive grants have demonstrated 
the successful implementation of programs to increase the 
graduation rates of first-generation college students. 

CLU is the only university that plans to develop programs 
specifically for first-generation transfer students with the 
funds awarded. Programs made possible by the grant are 
intended to increase retention and graduation rates and 
to create further scholarships for first-generation transfer 

During the past 18 years, Student Support Services at CLU 
has strived to increase graduation and retention rates of 
first-generation students. 

"We want to make the transition process easier for transfer 
students," said Anna Jackson Calderon, director of student 
support services at CLU. 

SSS plans to utilize the $100,000 by developing and 
improving upon programs aiding in the transition, 
academic preparation, graduation and post-graduation 
planning for transfer students. 

First-generation students who are eligible for working 
with SSS have the opportunity to participate in one on 
one academic counseling, tutoring, academic workshops, 
student leader programs, cultural events and field trips. 

"There were a lot of needs that weren't being met for this 
specific population," Elena Jaloma SSS academic counselor 
said. "Even if they were being successful, we just want to 
help lessen and mitigate those challenges so that they can 
optimize their success and everything that CLU has to offer," 
Jaloma said. 

She will act as the liaison appointed to work directly with 
first-generation transfers who will benefit from the grant. 

In previous years, CLU's Summer Bridge Program has 
targeted only incoming freshman. With the funding 
provided by the Wal-Mart Grant, transfer students will 
now participate in an orientation program geared toward 
preparing them for success at CLU. 

In addition to on-campus programs tailored specifically 
for transfer students, articulation agreements and relations 
with Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura community colleges 
will be one area that SSS plans to expand in order to increase 
the ease of transfer student enrollment. 

CLU also plans to work closely with the Extended 
Opportunity Program Service at local community colleges 
that seek to inform, support, and recruit highly motivated 
students with low income backgrounds. 

With a strong program for first-generation undergraduates 
at CLU already in place, the Wal-Mart Grant promises 
to bring a highly successful program to ensure that first- 
generation transfer students at CLU are able to make the 
most of their education. 

The grant was made possible by the Wal-Mart Foundation's 
College Success Award program and directed by the Council 
of Independent Colleges. 

Study abroad welcomes home students 

By Candice Cerro 
Editor in Chief 

Studying abroad can change 
one's entire life, according to 
students at the Welcome Back 
Banquet last week. 

The study abroad center at 
California Lutheran University 
hosted its biannual welcome back 
banquet for students returning 
from a year or semester abroad. 

"This is an opportunity for CLU 
to welcome these students back to 
campus and to provide students 
with ideas and resources for ways 
to continue their international 
experience," said Lisa Loberg, 
director of study abroad. 

The event gave students the 
possibility to speak with others 
who have returned from study 
abroad, and hear stories and 
sentiments from returning 
students' travels. 

"It is good to get in touch with 
people who have had the same 

experience," senior Andrew 
Aguiniga said. "Until you have 
studied abroad, it is hard to grasp 
the concept of what it is like." 

Aguiniga, who traveled to 
Salzburg, Austria, during the fall 
of 2007, now works in the study 
abroad center to help other CLU 
students have the same great 
experience he had while studying 

Aguiniga, along with other 
students like senior Katie Simons, 
who returned from Rome, Italy, 
traveled to numerous additional 
countries in their time abroad. 

"Studying abroad was the best 
thing I have done in my entire life," 
senior Roberta Gaugert said. "I 
want to help other people have the 
same experience." 

Gaugert, like many other study 
abroad alumni, is a mentor to 
students who are coming back 
from traveling. 

The welcome back banquet 
featured numerous study abroad 

Important Dates 

Don't miss these opp'urtunites to talk to programs reps about 
studying abroad in destinations around the world 

Sept. 22 Thailand Program info, 
9p.m. West Hall 

Sept. 23 Campus visit from In- 
ternational Studies Abroad 
Sept. 29 Visit from Central Col- 
lege Abroad 

Oct. 1 Visit from American In- 
stitute for Foreign Policy 
Oct. 8 Presentation from CLU 

alum about Peace Corps 
Oct. 15 Visit from Center of 
Global Education 
Oct. 20 Visit from CLU Program 
in Australia 

Nov. 17-21 International Educa- 
tion week 

Interest lists starling for CLU semester programs to Oxford and 
Guanajuato, & Travel Seminars to Jamacia, Australia and Turkey. 
For Spring '09 semester abroad, submit CLU Application (online) 
by Oct. 1 -priority deadline, 

mentors for newly returning 
students to connect with. 

Two break-out sessions included 
at the event were tailored to 
helping students in the return 

The first speaker was CLU 
alumna Kelly Tiller '07. She 
discussed opportunities to go 

abroad again with the Rotary 

Stine Odegard, coordinator for 
community service, spoke with 
the group about continuing the 
serving process at home as well. 

"At the end [of studying in Paris] 
I got homesick," senior Christina 
Aamodt said. "At the same time I 

wanted France to come with me, 

The study abroad center now 
offers daily informational sessions 
at 2:30 p.m. and no appointment 
is needed. 

These sessions will give students 
who are interested in studying 
abroad the information they need 
to get started. 

Loberg explained that students 
who cannot study for an entire 
semester can always participate in 
a travel seminar to destinations 
such as Jamaica, Australia and 

Gaugert advisea interested 
students to visit the study 
abroad website to learn more 

She also explained the importance 
of planning ahead. 

For more information 

about studying abroad visit 

Student houses go green 

By Kelsey Bonesteel 
Echo Staff Writer 

Interest in sustainable practices 
over the past few years. 

This is the concept of reducing 
consumers' carbon footprint 
and maintaining a healthy 

California Lutheran University 
is doing it's part in various ways, 

"I am part of an un- 
official group that is 
interested in sustainable 

— Jean Sandlin 

including last year's rethink 

This year another project is 
in the works. Jean Sandlin is a 

communication instructor at 
CLU and is a strong supporter of 
using sustainable resources. 

This semester she was able to 
incorporate her sustainable ideas 
in a class project. The project 
entails convincing the residents 
of the university houses to adopt 
sustainable ways. 

"I am part of an unofficial group 
that is interested in sustainable 
issues," Sandlin said. "Ryan Van 
Ommeren actually asked me 
if I could incorporate it in my 
advertising class, but it really 
didn't fit in the curriculum." 

Van Ommeren, interim vice 
president of administration and 
finance, shaped the idea. 

"I watch Planet Green on the 
Discovery Channel and they do 
a lot of things about improving 
houses. I thought it would be 
kind of fun for the students to 
do something like this," Van 
Ommeren said. 

Through careful planning and 
organizing, Sandlin re-evaluated 

the project and discovered that 
it would be a perfect fit for 
her professional and business 
communication class she is 
teaching this fall. 

"Students will act as facilitators 
to engage 12 students in two 
campus houses in considering the 
adoption of sustainable practices 
and retrofitting campus homes 
to be more environmentally 

This is a work in progress and 
will be open for adjustments 
throughout the semester. 

The residents of the university 
houses are unaware of this plan to 
improve their homes. 

"That is part of the student's 
assignment; to develop an initial 
contact with the client," Sandlin 

"There is a great possibility 
the university will approve the 
proposal. As long as the students 
do an outstanding job, which I am 
confident they will." 

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September 24 



September 25 



September 26 



September 27 

Making Regions Work: Conflict, 
Collaboration, and the Common 
Good in California 

4 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

Borderline Bar & Grill: 
Sports Theme 

10 p.m. 

Graduate School, Med School, 

Law School? 


Noon Roth Nelson Room 

The Chuzai Identity of 
Japanese Wives 

4 p.m. Soiland Humanities Center 

Discussion of When the Emperor 
was Divine 

10 a.m. Gilbert Sports & Fitness 

Fall Service Day 

6:30 a.m. SUB 



September 28 


September 29 



September 30 

Next week on campus 

Faculty Recital: Daniel Geeting, 

2 p.m. Overton Hall 

"Because things are 
the way they are, 
things will not stay 
the way they are. " 

Bertolt Brecht 

Proactive Job Search Workshop 

Noon Roth Nelson Room 

Reel Justice Documentary Series: 
Days of Glory (2006) 

5:30 p.m. SUB 

The Tournees Festival: 
Les Choristes (2004) 

7 p.m. Preus-Brandt Forum 

Inaugural Jim Dekker 
Memorial Just Peace Lecture 

7:30 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

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Two-sport athlete still holds records 

Former volleyball star reflects on time at CLU and playing in the national championship game 

By Elicia Hildreth 
Echo Staff Writer 

In the hallway that separates the Gilbert 
Arena from the Soiland Recreation Center, 
the California Lutheran University Athlet- 
ic Hall of Fame is proudly displayed along 
the walls. These athletes represent perse- 
verance, dedication and strength. The ath- 
letes inducted into the Hall of Fame are the 
best to have represented the university. 

Among the 2008 Cal Lutheran Hall of 
Fame inductees is Tracy Little-Schuetz. A 
dual sport student-athlete, she played vol- 
leyball and softball at CLU from 1993-96. 
She played second 
base and still holds 


the single season 
record for runs 

The softball team 
won three South- 
ern California In- 
tercollegiate Ath- 
letic Conference 
Little-Schuetz made the First Team All- 
SCIAC for two years and All-West Region 
First and Second Team All-America. 

When she played volleyball, her coach, 
lames Park, positioned her as either an 
outside or an opposite hitter. 

"She was one of those kids that excelled 
in everything," Park said. "She did every- 
thing the coaches asked of her while play- 
ing volleyball." 


Photo by Brian Stethem 
Tracy Little-Schuetz is inducted into the Hall of Fame by Athletic Director, Dan Kuntz. 

The 1996 Women's volleyball team made 
it all the way to the NCAA Division III Fi- 
nal Four and then continued to the cham- 
pionship game. 

Coming off a great and unexpected win 
against University of Wisconsin, White- 
water, the Regals knew that they had their 
biggest test yet. 

Eye on the prize 

Washington University was a great vol- 
leyball program and the Regals knew that 
they would have to work together and play 

hard in order to win. 

With the championship matched tied at 
two games apiece, the Regals went into the 
fifth game fearless. The Regals were lead- 
ing the final game for the season with the 
score of 13-12. During the next rally they 
fought hard but a defense specialist passed 
an out ball and they ended up losing that, 

After the loss of the rally and the point, 
the score was tied. From that point the 
Regals were unable to regain their momen- 
tum back and lost the final game 15-13. 

Little-Schuetz remembers how all of the 
Washington University team were above 6 
feet while the tallest player for the Regals 
was 5-feet 10-inches. 

"It's not all about the size, my team had 
the drive, and desire to make it to the 
championship game," Little-Schuetz said. 
"Every game we were consistent with our 
skills and each practice we worked on per- 
fecting our game." 

Although they lost the championship 
game, she was an outstanding athlete who 
is deserving of her induction into the Hall 
of Fame. 

For the Books 

Little-Schuetz still leads the women's vol- 
leyball program in career digs at 1,202, the 
single season mark for aces at 59 and career 
aces at 127. Also, she is ranked second in 
career kills at 1,020. She was named SCI AC 
Player of the Year in 1995 and 1996. 

Little-Schuetz helped lead the Regals to 
three consecutive SCIAC Championships 
and West Region Championship in 1995 
and National Runner-ups in 1966. 

Her close friend and teammate, Tara 
Thomas, remembers her as being the 
greatest example of a volleyball player. 

"Tracy was the epitome of the perfect 
athlete," Thomas said. "She knew the game 
very well and knew the responsibilities of 
every position. She also was a great leader. 
She knew what to say and how to say it 
in order to encourage and lead her team- 

Growing a community of service 

By Megan Hindman 
Echo Staff Writer 

Whether a student has one 
minute of time or a whole week 
to give, the Community Service 
Center at California Lutheran 
University provides service ideas 
to suit thier schedule while meet- 
ing the needs of the community. 

In keeping with the intent of 
the CSC mission statement "to 
serve and engage communities 
world wide," the center offers a 
great deal of opportunities for 
those interested in community 

The center kicked off the 
year last Saturday with Coastal 
Clean-Up Day and a CLU Habi- 
tat Student- Staff build. These 
were the firsts of the many one- 
time service projects that will be 
offered throughout the year. 

The CSC has also planned 
Service Day '08 to take place this 

"With CLU it's a lot of fun 
and you will meet a lot of new 
people while doing service for 
the community," said Jon -Erik 
Livingston, a senior community 
service intern. 

Thirteen service projects will 

CSC Happenings 

The Community Service Center has been busy organizing and 
planing a number of different service events. 

CSC Trips 

Nov. 7-9: Fall Excursion: Justice 
at the Border 

Jan. 8-16: Biloxi Boomerang 4 

March 9-14: Catalina Island 

March 8-16: Mexico City 
Reverse Mission Trip 

CSC Events 

Sept. 27: Service Day 

Oct. 16-19: Fall Holiday: The 
Painted Turtle 

Oct. 27: Speaker: The first 
Habitat volunteer! - 

Nov. 17-25: Kids Caf 

take place this weekend includ- 
ing a Kitten Rescue, an Easter 
Seals pool spruce-up and Boo 
at the Zoo where students will 
be helping the Santa Barbara 
Zoo get ready for its Halloween 

This year the CSC is also of- 
fering a Mexico City Reverse 
Mission Trip and a trip to Cata- 
lina Island as alternative ways to 
spend spring break. 

Students also have the oppor- 
tunity to experience cultural 
differences through participat- 
ing in the Biloxi Boomerang trip 
and the Fall Excursion: Justice at 
the Border trip to San Diego and 

Tijuana, Mexico. 

Biloxi Boomerang gives stu- 
dents a chance to contribute to 
the rebuilding effort that has 
been on going since Hurricane 
Katrina. Work will include basic 

No experience is necessary to 
participate. The trip is planned to 
take place January 2009 during 
semester break. 

"We try to offer a lot of things 
that will appeal to everyone," 
said Stine Odegard, coordinator 
for the CSC. "Hopefully every- 
one will try something while they 
are at CLU." 

Students who don't have time to 

participate in scheduled service 
events can look at the CSC web- 
site that lists several places to vol- 
unteer and projects to complete 
on the students' time. 

The CSC staff is more than will- 
ing to help students also connect 
with other organizations. 

"We want students to know 
that the doors of CSC are always 

open," said junior Reshai Tate, 
community service intern. "If 
you feel that there is a void, let us 
know and we will fill that." 

Information about upcoming 
service opportunities and con- 
tact information for the CSC 
can be found on the CLU Com- 
munity Service Center Web site, 

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September 24, 2008 

Photo by Doug Barnett 

Cooks prepare dinner in the Dining Commons. 

Sodexho: eat,drink 
and be happy 

'Balance, Mind, 
Body and Soul' 
program offers 
students dinning 

By Natasha Spiroff 

Echo Stuff Writer 
mrifir miiiiHii 

Whether grabbing a quick snack 
for class from the Cafe a la Carte 
or sitting down for lunch with 
friends at the Centrum, the food 
service on campus is an impor- 
tant part of the life of a California 
Lutheran University student. 

The company that CLU turns to 
for the food service needs is So- 
dexho, Inc., the self-proclaimed 
"leading provider of integrated 
food and facilities management 
services in the U.S., Canada and 

Sodexho has more than 6,000 
locations spread throughout the 
U.S., Canada and Mexico serving 
10 million customers daily. 

"My favorite part of the on- 
qampus dining experience is the 
people who work for campus din- 
ing," said junior Andrew Walker. 
"They work hard and are always 

As a company, Sodexho is com- 
mitted to providing excellent 
service to each customer. 

"The cooks are way down to 
earth and you can take the ketch- 
up without them finding out," 
senior Kareem Rivas said. 

Sodexho offers a multitude of 
dining options from sit-down 
facilities to quick grab-and-go 

At CLU there's a mixture of the 
two. The Cafeteria and Centrum 
offer students a place to sit-down 
while they enjoy fresh, chef-pre- 
pared meals while the Gate a la 
Carte and the Mogen Market al- 
low students to grab some food 
on -the -go. 

On top of being committed to 
customer service, Sodexho has 

many different programs that 
provide their customers with 
information on nutrition and 
wellness. At CLU, the "Balance, 
Mind, Body and Soul" program 
is used. This program supplies 
the Sodexho customers with the 
latest health and nutrition news. 
Another fact that Sodexho is 
proud of is that all of the oils that 
they use to fry foods on campus - 
locations are trans -fat free. 

This year, the dining facilities 
on campus have become more 
environmentally friendly. 

The Centrum has introduced 
cups and to-go containers made 
from fully recyclable materials. 

The Cafeteria no longer uses 
trays because it reduces the 
amount of food wasted and the 
amount of water and detergent 

The environmental changes 
were a combined effort of So- 
dexho and CLU. 

"We combined our ideas with 
what Sodexho offered," said 
Deborah Cullen, food services 

"The go -green theme has been 
a concern of students for the past 
few years." 

Student reactions to the chang- 
es in the Centrum are mixed. 

"I have been pleased with the 
changes to the menu at the Cen- 
trum on a weekly basis," Walker 
said. But wonders why the menu 
boards were taken down. 

"I can't imagine that printing 
new menus every week with 
meal changes on them can be 
more environmentally friendly 
than the old menu." 

In the near future, students 
can expect to see large recycling 
bins outside of campus dining 

"We have our own bins that we 
use," Cullen said. "But it will be 
good for the student's to be able 
to see them and use them." 

If students have questions 
about campus dining they can 
contact Cullen in the campus 
dining office located on the top 
floor of the Caf. 

Need fufllls needs 

After hours coffee house provides a place to unwind 

By Aaron Hilf 
Echo Staff Writer 

With its cool vibe and awesome 
atmosphere, The Need at Califor- 
nia Lutheran University offers 
students an opportunity to hang 
out and participate in some cool 

The Need takes place every 
Wednesday at 10:15 p.m. at the 
Student Union Building. It gives 
students a chance to unwind 
and hang out after a long day of 

"My goal is to make [The Need] 
the place to be on Wednesday 
nights," Ana Garcia said, the stu- 
dent intern responsible for put- 
ting together the weekly events. 
"Students can benefit from it and 
will definitely enjoy it." 

The Need is separated into two 
basic parts, live music, featuring 
local bands and student perform- 
ers, plus movie trivia nights, 
including many different movie 
titles. A coffee house is on site 
that serves students free coffee, 
hot tea, cider and hot chocolate. 

"I love the atmosphere of The 
Need," said senior Maggie Melo. 
"After a long day of class it's nice 
to have somewhere to hang out 
and relax while listening to great 
music." , 

The live music portion of The 
Need gives students a chance to 
experience different genres of 
music in a live atmosphere, while 
socializing with friends. In the 
past, students have been lucky 
enough to hear bands including 
Arden of Eden, Jill Cohen and 
student performer Reshai Tate, 
who will be performing later this 

The Need is always looking for 
new performers to come and 

"We love having student per- 
formers," Garcia said. "If any 
students are interested in per- 
forming, they can contact me by 

This year's staff is also respon- 
sible for bringing Cinemania, 
which has been very successful at 
UC Santa Barbara to the CLU. 

"It's a game they are developing 
for the networks," Garcia said. 
Students are able to compete 
for weekly prizes, while work- 
ing toward a bigger prize for the 


Photo by Desiree D'Arienzo 
Jill Cohen is one of the many performers who will play at The Need this 

The basic structure of The Need 
hasn't changed much over the 
years, but that's the way students 
like it. 

Since she transferred to CLU 
two years ago, Melo has been 
coming to The Need weekly. 
She said that although it has not 
changed much it's nice to have 
a weekly activity to fall back on 
and it definitely doesn't hurt to 
have free coffee and tea. 

The Need has supposedly been 
around since the mid '90s as 
an extension of the TV show 
"Friends," and the idea of having 
a coffee house with live music. 

"This is the year that we will re- 
ally see if it will live or die," said 
Kristin Price, assistant director 
of Student Life. 

She would like to see The Need 

continue for future years. How- 
ever, that depends on what the 
students want. 

"If you want it to continue, 
please communicate with us and 
give us ideas of who you might 
like to see or ways we can im- 
prove," she said. 

Most of the scheduled events 
are online at The Need's Web 

theneed.php and on Facebook, at 
Cal Lu Need. 

The Need is always looking 
for volunteers to help with the 
bands, set up and clean up. 

Also, if students who have any 
suggestions on future bands or 
would like to help book some, 
you can contact Ana Garcia at . 

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Sports Night 

Tonight Wed. Sept 24 
10 p.m. -1 a. 

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Under 21 $10 without College ID 

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' Lake View Terrace ' 

Thou shall not commit adultery. Neither shall thou steal. 
Neither shall thou bear false witness against thou neighbor. 

As far back as biblical times these command- 
ments have been set forth for us as guidelines for 
how we should live our lives. 

The film "Lake View Terrace," directed by Neil 
LaBute and produced and written by David Lough- 
ery, incorporates all of these commandments into 
one movie in a way that creates a suspenseful 

As you watch this film, you 
can't help but ask yourself the 
question, "Do you know who 
lives next door to you?" 

The film opens with a 
young interracial couple mov- 
ing into an upper middle class 
suburb. Little do they know 
what they're getting them- 
selves into. 

Abel Turner (Samuel L. 
Jackson) plays a Los Angeles 
police officer who brings his 
harsh rules and biased behav- 
ior from the streets into his 
home and community. 

Turner is the neighbor that 
we all hope we never have. His 
bias and anger overflow from 
his personal life and are set 
onto his new neighbors. 

"Lake View Terrace" exam- 
ines the life of an interracial 
couple and exposes racism 
that such couples face in their everyday life. The 
people they receive the harshest criticism from- 
and the staunchest opposition-are from people 
within the African -American community such 
-as Lisa's father, Harold (Ron. Glass) and their new 
neighbor, Turner. 

Chris Mattson (Patrick Wilson) and his wife 
Lisa (Kerry Washington) move into a beautiful 

"Enjoyable Thiller!" 

By Scott Beebe 

find out that their police- officer- neighbor, Turner, 
has nothing but hostility toward them because he is 
blinded by his racism. 

As the plot slowly unfolds, we learn more about 
Turner and come to understand why he holds onto 
these feelings of racism and hatred toward inter- 
racial couples. 

The tension rises between these two neighbors, 
and as the battle rages Turner 
is so consumed in ridding the 
community of these people 
that his personal life begins to 
suffer. He is suspended from 
his officer duties, his chil- 
dren have grown distant and 
hostile toward him and the 
control with which he lives 
his life is slowly beginning to 
slip away. 

The climax comes when 
Turner plots with an ill re- 
puted colleague to scare off 
his new neighbors for good. 
This sets off a chain of events 
that result in multiple deaths 
and destruction. 

At the close of the film the 
viewer is left to contemplate 
the backlash of racism and 
the wide range of people that 
it hurts. One man's hatred 
and anger changed the course 
of so many people's lives and had a ripple effect that 
was felt by so many. 

How many of us do the same type of thing on 
a daily basis without ever realizing it? This film 
leaves you wondering how some of our actions are 
taken and just how many people they affect. 

In closing, I only have one question left to ask 
you: "Have you said hello to your neighbor this 

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What does the upcoming election 
mean to you?" 

"It should be a bigger 

issue especially with 

the economy. Young 

people should get 

more involved." 

— Freshamn, Tang 

"Obama is not 
qualified. [He] 
doesn't have the 
experience that 
McCain has in 
domestic and foreign 

—Junior, Maxx Buchanan 

"I think it's 

interesting because 

we will end up with 

a black president or a 

female V.P" 

-Sophomore, Brooke 

"McCain has valid 
points, but if anyone 
can bring change it's 

—Sophomore, Skyler 

"My hope is that 

people educate 

themselves on both 

candiates. Research, 

go online, and listen 

to the candidates 


—Senior, Lauren Glass 

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September 24, 2008 

Keep your coins, I want change 

By Missy Bain 
Echo Staff Writer 

I don't know how many times 
I have been approached and told 
that I am only voting for Barack 
Obama because I am young and 
naive, and that I like him merely 
for his good looks and charming 

While I am in fact young, and 
Obama is very good-looking, I 
know that none of these qualities 
exemplify why I will vote for him 
in November. 

I am vot ing for him because I 
am sick and tired of being em- 
barrassed of my president and 

ashamed of the things happening 
in the White House. 

I am voting for Obama because 
I value my rights as a human be- 
ing and believe that other peo- 
ples rights are just as important 
as mine. 

I am voting for him because I 
believe that we need to end this 
war responsibly and as soon as is 
safely possible. 

But most important, I am vot- 
ing for Obama because I want 
change. I want to be able to go to 
sleep at night knowing that our 
president has our best interests in 
mind, not his own. 

So what exactly is this "change" 
everyone keeps talking about? 
And how do I know that my 
candidate will be able to change 
Washington more positively than 
the other? 

It's simple, really. Once you get 
around the craziness that is the 
election, all of the facts are laid 
out, right there for you. 

Obama will commit this coun- 
try to community service and 
give students money for college 
when they serve their country or 
their community. 

He will invest in early child- 
hood education,' recruit new 
teachers and raise salaries, all 

while creating higher education 
standards and more teaching ac- 

For those who already have 
health care, he will lower pre- 
miums, and for the millions who 
don't, he will make sure that they 
have the same coverage Congress 
gives themselves. 

He will stop medical insurance 
companies from discriminating 
against those that are sick and 
in need and he will make abso- 
lute certain that no child is ever 

I want to be able to 
go to sleep at night 
knowing that our 
president has our best 
interests in" mind... 

turned away from any kind of 
medical care. 

Contrary to many beliefs about 
Obama's plan, he will actually 
cut taxes 95 percent for the work- 
ing middle class and eliminate 
capital gains taxes for small busi- 
nesses while creating more high- 
wage, high-tech jobs. 

Unlike McCain, he will stop 
giving tax breaks to giant compa- 
nies that ship their jobs overseas, 
and start giving tax breaks to 
those companies that create and 

keep their jobs right here in the 
United States. 

Now, obviously all of these 
things are going to cost money, 
so how can he cut taxes and 
provide relief to millions of 

Easy: by closing out corporate 
loopholes and tax havens that 
do nothing for the American 
people, but everything for the 
greedy CEO's who run them. 

Of course this tactic alone will 
not cover the entire cost, but 
by reallocating money to the 
places it needs to be more, and 
by cutting wasteful spending and 
eliminating giant tax breaks for 
billionaires, it can be done. 

These issues are just the very tip 
of the iceberg, but I think, even 
standing alone, that these solu- 
tions exemplify change. 

Not the change John McCain 
is talking about lately, but real, 
true, down to the core, change. 

In fact, McCain's "change" 
isn't even change at all. How can 
a man who has voted with Presi- 
dent Bush 90 percent of the time 
change anything? 

In the words of Obama himself, 
"I'm not ready to take a 10 per- 
cent chance on change." 

How to 


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Unpredictable Internet has students frustrated 

By Kristin Gilman 
Echo Staff Writer 

As a child of the digital age, I 
equate the vitality of my Internet 
connection to the availability of 

The limited and unreliable con- 
nection to CLUwnet, the wireless 
network on campus, has been the 
source of frustration and exas- 
peration for numerous California 
Lutheran University students. 

Theoretically, all that is needed 
is a valid CLU e-mail account 
and password, and the World 
Wide Web is yours to explore. 
The CLUwnet pilot was intro- 
duced in September 2002 cover- 
ing seven buildings. Today this 
network encompasses all 40 
buildings on campus. 

The CLU Web site expresses that 
the wireless network is setting its 
students free from the confines of 
a desk or even a room, but many 
students do not feel liberated. 

Students have expressed their 
frustration with the frequency of 
limited connectivity to the wire- 
less Internet on campus. 

After all, the Internet is no 
longer a luxury to most college 
students. It is an essential com- 
ponent of their everyday lives, 
in respects to both academic and 

With the increasing number 
of campus professors utilizing 
WebCT as a method to turn in 

Students surfing the web in the library notice the slower connection. 

assignments and to administer 
tests, a stable connection to the 
Internet is imperative. 

Now, as a disconnected student, 
I want an answer to the mystery 
of what is causing this tem- 
peramental connection. My first 
thought is that the wireless net- 
work might be struggling to keep 
up with the heavy Web traffic. 

Surprisingly, the wireless net- 
work on campus has the capac- 
ity to support all of the students, 
faculty, staff, administrators, and 
then some. So why are the stu- 

dents suffering bad connections 
on a frequent basis? 

After speaking to the Infor- 
mation Systems and Services 
department about the problem, 
a number of alternative suspects 
were offered reguarding this low 
connectivity mystery. 

Microwaves, game consoles, 
illegal music downloading, 
digital smoke detectors and even 
lovesick roommates chatting on 
Skype could be interfering with 
your connection. 

When you connect to the 

hoto by Doug Barnett 

wireless network you share an 
access point with as many as 25 
students, all of whom affect your 
connection through their Inter- 
net activity. 

So what is the solution? Un- 
plug the microwave, pull out the 
smoke detector and track down 
the boys upstairs that play Mad- 
den Football 24 hours a day? 

No, as a student at CLU, I re- 
spect and uphold the right for the 
boys to play football and for my 
roommates to microwave Ramen 
noodles whenever the mood hits 


A solution that ISS offered is 
to simply forget the wireless 
Internet and plug into the wall 
connection. Apparently there is 
a "plug for every pillow" in all of 
the dorm rooms to ensure a solid 
Internet connection for students. 

I still say that a wireless Inter- 
net connection that is stable and 
reliable is not too much to ask 
for, but this does offer a reliable 

ISS acknowledges that with the 
increasing number of students 
being added to the CLU commu- 
nity, the complexity of wireless 
network problems increases and 
different challenges emerge. 

If you are experiencing "very 
low" signal strength on a fre- 
quent basis, I recommend you 
blow a little smoke and let ISS 
know you are having a problem. 

ISS can possibly reconfigure 
your access point and give you 
a better connection, but nothing 
can be fixed if the problem is not 

The Internet connection on 
campus seems to be somewhat 
of an elusive and misunderstood 
commodity, but by voicing our 
concerns we can help ISS address 
the problem more precisely. 

Whether we embrace it or not, 
our lives as students of the digital 
age are intertwined with the In- 
ternet and it is necessary part of 
life here on campus. 

Letter: Transfer/Commuter grief 


We are writing in response 
to Leslie Richman's article, 
"Commuters/Transfers face 

challenges," in which she asserts 
that transfer and commuter stu- 
dents are neglected at California 
Lutheran University. As transfer 
peer advisers, we beg to differ. 

Miss Richman writes that 
transfers and commuters "may 
feel out of the loop at CLU be- 
cause of the tremendous flood of 
freshman students," and that "a 
large amount of effort was placed 
on the planning and executing of 
freshman orientation activities." 
The process of planning new 
student orientation is lengthy 
and definitely requires a lot of ef- 
fort and there is an entire transfer 

This year at CLU, we had more 
than 160 transfer students, the 
largest transfer class in the uni- 
versity's history. To accommo- 
date and acclimate this awesome 
group of students, seven transfer 
peer advisers spent the same 
week in training as the freshman 

Five out of the seven of us are 
transfer students ourselves, and 
two of those five are commuters. 
All seven of us feel strongly about 
making the transfer process go as 
smoothly as possible and making 
sure all new students have a great 
time at CLU. 

Every transfer peer adviser sent 
their group of students a letter 
during the summer explaining 
the orientation process and the 

instant network it would provide. 
The week before orientation, we 
made phone calls reminding 
transfers of the week's events. 

At Saturday's mandatory check- 
in, we were surprised to find 
many of our transfers not pres- 
ent. Hilariously enough, Miss 
Richman never checked in. 

Over the course of the next 
four days, the attending transfer 
students painted the CLU rocks, 
enjoyed faculty home visit pizza 
parties, bowled, had a movie 
night, learned about how to get 
more involved on campus and 
built relationships with their 
academic advisers, notable al- 
ums, their peer advisers and 
fellow transfers, and faculty and 
administrative mentors. 

We as transfer peer advisers 
felt that Miss Richman's article 
greatly undermined the count- 
less hours of work we put in to 
making transfer orientation 

We encourage her to talk to 
those transfer students who par- 
ticipated in orientation activities 
and to ask them how they feel 
their acclimatization into CLU is 

Of course, we are always look- 
ing for feedback and encourage 
Miss Richman and all the other 
transfer students to let us know 
how we could better serve them. 


Casey Kloehn, Roberta Gaug- 
ert, Lauren Klymshyn, Brittany 
Mowry, Kevin Holt, Maggie Melo 
and Scott Kolarik 

- in>- 

The Oaks branches out 

By Hollie Lowenburg 
Echo Staff Writer 

Today many students at Cali- 
fornia Lutheran University enjoy 
hanging out at the The Oaks 
mall, but could you believe that 
30 years ago many students op- 
posed doing this? 

The Oaks, opened its doors in 
April 1978, but not without a 

Many Thousand Oaks resi- 
dents opposed the structure 
being built, including many stu- 
dents of CLU. 

Anyone with a family that has 
lived in the Thousand Oaks area 
for more than 30 years would 
know that the city was much less 
industrious. CLU was small, con- 
sisting of mainly chicken coop 
classrooms and Nygreen Hall 
served as its newest building. 

Many residents were afraid of 

the size of the project and the 
traffic it would bring in. More 
than 6,000 residents signed a pe- 
tition objecting the plan. 

Even CLU students joined the 

About 500 people crowded in 
Thousand Oaks City Hall for 
what would be the city's longest 
meeting, which ran for nearly 
12 hours. 

The council voted 4-0 in favor 
of the mall, with one council 
member abstaining. 

The first week of the grand 
opening brought in thousands of 
people and the mall became an 
instant success, helping to build 
Thousand Oaks into the produc- 
tive city it is today. 

The mall brings in many cus- 
tomers from surrounding areas. 
Residents no longer had to travel 
to The San Fernando Valley to 

Most importantly, the large 
sales tax revenues generated an 
ample amount of money. 

If it weren't for The Oaks, 
the city would have never have 
grown financially. 

Now, The Oaks, with new reno- 
vations underway is still a popu- 
lar and productive destination 
among residents. 

In - early September, The Oaks 
opened the a Nordstrom, becom- 
ing the first in Ventura County, 
providing a great anchor store for 
the mall. 

Nordstrom will bring in many 
customers from Ventura. 

It will help consumers to save 
money on gas and the hassle of 
traveling to the Valley to shop. 

In addition to Nordstrom, the 
mall is developing a two-level 
attachment outside the mall that 
will include about 40 retail shops, 
a 74,000-square-foot movie the- 
ater and four new restaurants. 

The Muvico Theater, the first 
on the West Coast, will be a great 
addition because it's so unique to 
the area. 

Further, the new retail stores 
will bring in a great amount of 
revenue and provide many new 
employment opportunities. 

Because Thousand Oaks has 
grown in population in recent 
years, we need to support this 

After all, The Oaks is the city's 
second largest revenue generator 
of revenue making up $2.08 mil- 
lion in sales tax, in 2007. 

Thousand Oaks is one of the 
most prosperous cities in the area 
based on a medium household 
income of just above $96,000 in 

Despite the recent economic 
downturn, I believe The Oaks 
will be least affected. 

It is obvious to see that people 
are still spending. 

These new renovations will 
make a great addition to the 
community, by increasing rev- 
enue, boosting the economy and 
adding to the development of our 
productive city. 

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September 24, 2008 

Kingsmen water polo beat the best 

Mens water polo 
posts wins over 
Chapman and 

By Nicole Flanery 
Echo Staff Writer 

The Kingsmen water polo team 
won four out of five games in 
this last weekend's tournament 
at Samuelson Aquatic Center. 

The Kingsmen defeated Fresno 
Pacific University, Chapman 
University, Occidental College 
and Ventura College to post a 
4-1 record in the CLU 2008 Fall 

The Kingsmen travel to UC 
Santa Cruz to participate in the 
2008 Slugfest Tournament on 
Sept. 27 and 28. 

CLU's first game on Friday was 
against a non-conference team, 
Fresno Pacific. 

Sophomores, Michael 
Blanchard and Wes Lewis along 
with freshman Jordan Meaney 
and junior Ricky Mulcahey 
scored two goals a piece in the 
opening game of the tournament 
for the Kingsmen. 

Goaltender Jordan Bouey also 
contributed 13 saves, helping 
secure a victory. 

The final score of the opening 
match against Fresno Pacific was 

"We saw some freshman really 
step up during these games this 
weekend," said Coach Craig 

"Meaney in particular, showed 
a skill set we hadn't seen yet in 

Unseating Occidental 

The Kingsmen were on a roll 
Saturday morning, ending the 
first quarter with a 5-1 and they 
would not let up. 

"We had a really good showing 
versus Occidental, a sixth ranked 
team," Rond said. 

"Overall, I was really happy 
with the players' performances, 
both individually and as a team." 

Nine different players scored 
in the match versus Occidental, 
contributing to a 1 1 -9 final score 
for the Kingsmen. 

Mulcahey and Scott Bergemann 
had two goals apiece and 
freshman Brian Giegoldt added 
three assists. 

Saturday night's game against 
Concordia University handed 
CLU their only loss of the 

The Concordia Eagles held an 
early lead of 4-0, then scored 
nine more goals to defeat the 
Kingsmen 13-8. 

Wes Lewis had two goals and 

Wes Lewis scored four times against Chapman on Sunday 

two steals in the loss versus the 

Sunday morning's opener was 
a highly anticipated match- 
.up against the No. 4 ranked 
Chapman Panthers. 

Mulcahey and Lewis combined 
for nine goals, while Jeff Chaney 
and Matt Heagy combined for 
four goals. 

"We came out and we played 
tough. A lot of people really 
stepped up when we needed 

them to," Heagy said. 

"Some freshman really surprised 
us this weekend." 

Kingsmen Brandon Gross and 
Bergemann each added scores 
to seal a 15-6 victory over the 

"As a team we have worked really 
hard these past couple weeks," 
said Captain Jordan Bouey. 

"We went in to this tournament 
confident and had a lot of good 
performances from a lot of 


Bouey had 36 saves and seven 
stopped shots in the first four 
games of the tournament. 

"Jordan Bouey showed 
exceptional leadership and 
play this tournament. He was 
instrumental in our wins," Rond 

CLU ended their tournament 
Sunday against Ventura College. 

Gross had five goals for CLU 
while Cameron Shannon and 

Photo by Tracy Maple 

Brendan Donahue had two goals 
apiece. Ten other players scored 
for the Kingsmen as they went 
on to defeat Ventura Community 
College 16-7. 

Freshman Jake Wakely had an 
impressive goaltending debut in 
the closing game of the tourney, 
contributing 1 1 saves. 

"Our number one goal this 
season is to win SCIAC," Bouey 
said. "To win SCIAC and to 
become better men." 




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Regals prepare to face La Verne 

Volleyball handles 
business with 
NAIA opponents 

By Jackson Damron 
Echo Staff Writer 

The 20th ranked CLU volleyball 
team defeated the Warriors of 
Westmont College Thursday 
night in four games (25-15, 20- 
25, 25-16, and 25-11) to improve 
their record to 8-3 for the year. 

The Regals also put their seven 
match win streak on the line as 
they faced the Leopards of La 
Verne University, ranked third 
at home. 

The Regals travel to Caltech 
on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. game 
before playing Occidental at 
home on Saturday at 6 p.m. 

The Regals were led by 
sophomore middle blocker 
Allison Kerr who had a match 
high 16 kills while racking up a 
.560 hitting percentage against 

She also had three aces, two 
digs and assisted on a team high 
four blocks. 

Hitting at above a .400 clip, the 
Regals had an easy time taking 

care of game one. 

The Regals also recorded 16 
kills, their highest total of the 
match. Game two was a grind 
for the Regals who stayed close, 
trailing by as many as five points, 
twice in the match and climbing 
back to within one, forcing head 
coach Kellee Roesel to use her 
only time out of the match. 

"I told the girls they were 
pressing," Roesel said. "They 
needed to trust in each other and 
not try to do too much." 

The Regals emerged from the 
time out with a new energy, but 
came up short as the Warriors 
took a game from the Regals in 
Gilbert Arena, the first team to 
do this in four matches. 

"Coach told us we needed to 
focus more on defense," senior 
setter Lindsey Benson said. "Our 
lack of communication was what 
got us (in] trouble." 

In game three the Regals 
bounced back to take a 2-1 lead 
in the match. A see-saw battle at 
the start, the Regals took control 
of the game after being tied 14- 

Westmont coach Jim Smoot 
called time out with the Regals 
leading 19-15, but Benson 
slammed the door shut on the 
Warriors with a solo block, the 

only one of the match. 

"We needed to keep our serves 
in and we switched up our 
defense," Roesel said. 

"They needed to 
trust in each other 
and not try to do too 

- - Kellee Roesel 

She added that they switched 
up the defense to match up better 
with what Westmont was trying 
to do. 

"It's a struggle for us because 
of our height, but our girls are 
ready for the challenge," Roesel 

In the fourth game the Regals 
took care of business. 

Benson rallied of six straight 
serves and CLU jumped out to 
an early lead. 

A couple side-outs by 
Westmont put a damper on the 
Regals domination, but it was 
soon 15-2, and the game was out 
of reach for the Warriors. 


"It's another great win for our 
program," Benson said. "Now we 
have conference and we're ready 
for La Verne." 

Photo by Kevin Baxter 

Senior Summer Plante-Ncwman picks up a dig. 

Regal Soccer falls short against La Verne 

Key starters face numerous injuries, contributing to another loss for Regals soccer 

By Krystle Van Deusen 
Echo Staff Writer 

The women's soccer team fell 
short in their conference opener 
against the University of La 
Verne on Wednesday. 

Then, on Saturday, they tied 
their second conference game 
against Pomona-Pitzer Colleges 
in double overtime. 

With a loss against La Verne 
and a tie with Pomona-Pitzer, 
the Regals will look for their first 
conference win against Whittier 

"The momentum of the 
Pomona game will definitely 
roll over to our next opponent 
against Whittier," junior forward 
Kelsey Sullivan said. "But no 
matter who we play we cannot 
take them lightly." 

In the conference opener the 
La Verne Leopards snuck past 
the Regals late in the second 
half, ending the match 1-0. 

"La Verne just capitalized on a 
moment when we broke down," 
freshman goalkeeper Laura Brain 
said. "It was miscommunication, 
and we just weren't ready." 

The goal was scored when 
Regals defender Jessica Dingman 
was shoved off the ball, but no 
foul was called. 

The push caused Dingman 
to be knocked out of defensive 
position and allowed the 
Leopards to take advantage of 
the broken formation. 

Everyone had high expectations 
for the Regals to come out with 


Though they didn't benefit 
from their attacking threats they 
had great attempts on goal. 

Freshman Jennifer Jones 
had many great crosses but 
unfortunately no one was there 
to capitalize. 

Outside defender Dingman 
came up big in the second half 
by hustling back and clearing the 
ball out before it rolled over the 
goal line. 

The CLU women have key 
starting players on the injured 
list. Senior Captain Lauren 
McGuigan is out for two weeks 
with fractured ribs; senior Marisa 
Zambetti, received a concussion 
from the match against La 
Verne, causing her to be out for 
two games; sophomore Aubrie 

Kingsmen Football 

Smith, who is out with an ankle 
injury, is uncertain of when 
she'll be back; and senior Jen 
LaMoure, who had ACL surgery 
two years ago and has recently 
experienced some knee pain and 

With starting positions needing 
to be filled, freshman and non- 
starters have had to step into 
bigger shoes. 

Fortunately for the Regals, 
these less experienced players 
have assimilated well into their 
new roles on the team. 

"Younger players have 

stepped in and have given us 
the confidence that we can do 
well even without our starters," 
Sullivan said. "We are going to 
be even stronger when our key 
players return." 

Photo by Scott Chisholm 

Marisa Zambetti, 24, dribbles the ball downfield. 

the win against the Leopards. 

Many Regals felt they took the 
Leopards too lightly and were 
not prepared for the game. 

With the loss behind them 
they came into their second 
conference game with a better 
mind set. 

"They played more as a team 
and with a lot more heart against 
Pomona." Assistant coach Geoff 
Raives said. "Even though they 
didn't make it out with a win 
they should be very proud of 

their play." 

CLU freshman Rosemarie 
Lombardi acquired a foul in the 
box with 54 seconds left in the 
second half. 

Senior captain Sarah Rickert 
stepped up to take the penalty 
kick but her shot was blocked by 
Pomona's goalkeeper Caroline 
Flynn, putting the game into 

Regals maintained possession 
the majority of the second half, 
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September 24, 2008 

Duo puts team before self 

Receivers want 
SCIAC Title 
more than Stats 

By Scott Beebe 
News Editor 

They came from neighboring 
states to continue their successful 
individual football careers and 
now they've become one of 
the top wide receiving duos in 
California Lutheran University 

Seniors Jesse Matlock and 
Danny Hernandez are solidifying 
their spots as feared opponents 
for the Kingsmen in their final 
season at CLU. 

Matlock came to us from 
Hamilton High School in 
Arizona where he finished his 
senior season winning a 5A State 
Championship before coming to 

CLU was not an unknown 
university to Matlock, whose 
older brother Walter attended and 
played for the Kingsmen. 

"Walter came here and when I 
came and watched his games, I 
loved the coaches, the players and 
the environment of the team," 
Matlock said. 

Hernandez, an area native came 
from Lakewood High School after 
playing for its football team. Little 
did these two diverse -players 
know that they would be drawn 
together at CLU, creating 
unstoppable force. 

Kingsmen recievers Jesse Matlock and Danny Hernandez lead the offense in their senior season. 

Photo by Doug Barnett 


Since their freshmen year as 
Kingsmen, the two have become 
great friends and have grown into 
outstanding leaders on and off 
the field. Both are finishing up 
their business marketing classes 
and are scheduled to graduate 
this spring. 

Their friendship has helped 
them to become the leaders that 
the coaches at CLU have always 
envisioned them to be. The 
coaches are able to set up team 
activities and workouts and have 
Matlock and Hernandez run 

"It's great, they lead by example. 
Jesse is the vocal leader of the 
two and Danny leads with his 
plays," offensive coordinator Clay 
Richardson said. "They enjoy 
themselves and they're always 
having fun but when it comes 
time to take the field, it's all 

They have special qualities that 
make them an intimidating force 
to opposing teams. Hernandez 
has the speed, the agility and the 
exceptional hands, while Matlock 
brings his precision route running 
and toughness to the Kingsmen's 


In their first three seasons 
for the Kingsmen, Hernandez 
and Matlock were back-ups to 
seniors and then moved to second 
options behind a successful 
rushing attack. 

It wasn't until their junior 
season that their potential was 
finally made known. 

Matlock rose as the leader of the 
receiving core after a blow-out 
loss to Pacific Lutheran University 
where he could be heard yelling to 
his teammates: "If you don't want 
to wear the purple jersey take it 

off and quit wasting my time." 
That game was the turning point 
in Matlock's career as a standout 
Kingsmen leader. 

Together they totaled 10 
touchdowns and more than 1,200 
yards on 90 receptions during 
their junior ' season. Madock 
received a first team AU-SCIAC 
nomination for his play while 
Hernandez received a second 
team nomination. 

"You can get all the stats you 
want but if you don't win a 
championship, the stats don't 
mean a thing," Hernandez said. 

He has something to prove 
after last season when he was 
injured in the conference 
championship game against the 
Bulldogs of Redlands. Redlands 
and CLU finished the game with 
a tie and ended the season as co- 

Their senior season started with 
a loss to Willamette University at 
home, but rebounded on the road 
against PLU with a 16-7 win. 

No matter how much praise 
the two receive as individuals, it 
seems to mean nothing to them. 
They are all about the team and 
put their individual statistics and 
praise on the back burner. 

"We want to end our CLU 
careers with an out right SCIAC 
championship and get to the 
playoffs and make an impact 
there," Madock said. "As for how 
we are looked at as a dominant 
duo, we would just like to be 
remembered as part of the 2008 
SCIAC championship team." 

Kingsmen drop 
La Verne at home 

Photo by Kevin Baxter 
Ryan McDermott fights for the ball against a La Verne defender. 

conference and also a league 

By Nicole Jacobsen 
Echo Staff Writer 

The California Lutheran 
Men's Soccer team pulled out 
an important win against La 
Verne University at home on 
Wednesday afternoon. 

The Kingsmen were ahead early 
in the game with a 2-0 lead and 
pulled out a 3-1 victory over the 

The Kingsmen played Saturday 
at Pomona : Pitzer Colleges and 
lost in an upsetting 3-4 game 
against the Sagehens putting 
their record at 3-3. They will 
play again on Monday afternoon 
at Chapman University. 

"This was an important game 
for us," Coach Dan Kuntz said. 
"It was the first game of the 

game. We needed to start off on 
a good note." 

CLU knew it would be a tough 
game and that they'd have to 
handle the ball well if they 
wanted to get past La Verne. 

"They're a scrappy team," 
Kuntz said. "But our guys are 
committed to one another and 
always try to play at each other's 

Ryan McDermott knew that 
although they have played in 
some tough games already, this 
season, strong SCIAC playing 
means everything in terms of 
making playoffs. 

"Before the game I told the 
guys that this is the first game 
that truly mattered," Ryan 
McDermott said. "All the others 
are in the past so we just' needed 
to go out there and get it done." 

Even though La Verne has been 
a huge rival over the years, the 
young Kingsmen weren't afraid 
to go out on the field and give it 
all they had. 

"I think with the young team 
we have, they showed a lot of 
maturity out there on the field," 
McDermott said. "We still have a 
lot to learn as a team though." 

CLU may have dominated 
against La Verne on Wednesday, 
but the team and coaches know 
there's still a lot of work to be 
done this season if they want to 
go all the way. 

"As a team we need to mature 
very quickly and play to our 
potential within ourselves," 
sophomore Jorge Martinez said. 

"We need to stop making 
careless mistakes and make 
teams earn their chances against 
us and on the other side of the 
ball. The younger guys need to 
step up and play big." 

With a 2-1 lead over the 
Leopards at half time, the 
Kingsmen went into their huddle 
feeling confident, although 
they weren't able to take a sigh 
of relief until the very end of 
the game. The Leopards have a 
history of being down at halftime 
but coming back out and scoring 
against the 

in the final 
minutes of 
the game. 

"In order 
to prevent La 
Verne from 
coming back 
into the game 
and beating 
us, we talked 
as a team and 
gave off ideas 
on how to 
stop them," 

"We decided we needed to slow 
down the pace of the game and 
connect more and shorter passes 
to enable us to keep more players 
out on the field." 

With five minutes left in 
the game, McDermott scored 
another goal allowing his 
teammates to breathe a little 

That gave the Kingsmen a 
two point advantage over the 
Leopards, making it difficult for 
them to catch up, leaving them 
with the 3-1 lead over their rival. 

Photo by Kevin Baxter 

Kuntz said. Victor Perez Dribbles the ball downfield 

The Echo 

California Lutheran University 

Volume 52, Number 3 

October 1,2008 

make a deal 
to win big 

Four students won big at Club 
Lu's 'Deal or no Deal' in front 
of more than 200 students 

By Amanda Lovett 
Echo Staff Writer 

More than $700 was given 
away during Friday night's Club 
Lu "Deal or No Deal" hosted by 
Scott Beebe in the Gilbert Sports 

Winners Jami Whitten, Kyle 
Hansen, Kole Tanouye and Grace 
Teague took a chance at $1,000 in 
the game show. 

"We've never done a program 
like this before. Andrew Brown 
and Kyle Hitch came up with the 
idea at the fall retreat last year," 
said Lauren Anderson, one of the 
coordinators of the event. 

She said new ideas like this 
would be more exciting for Club 
Lu events. 

The 26 models holding the 
value boxes were mainly faculty 
and staff, including President Dr. 
Chris Kimball, Pastors Scott and 

Melissa Maxwell-Doherty and 

Dr. Barbara Collins professor of 

"My heart was pound- 
ing out of my chest-not 
just for Kole, but lust for 

- Eric Bunge 

biology, who got a house full 
of cheers as she walked out across 
the stage. 

"Getting the staff to respond 
to my E-mail [requests for 
models] has been the most 
difficult portion of planning this 
event," Anderson said. 

Photo by Rachel Wolf 

The Kingsmen mascot reveals what's inside of his breifcase to the audience and contestant Kyle Hansen. 

She explained that she had a 
few students, such as Programs 
Board Director Jesse Knutson, 
stand in for faculty who had not 
responded as to have the full 
amount of briefcase holders at 
the event. 

"I've been planning this event 
since last spring, brainstorming 
and reserving the gym for this 
occasion," Anderson said. 

Students were given tickets for 
a drawing at the door as they 
entered around 9 p.m. 

Numbers were randomly 
selected from a green bucket for a 
fair chance to win the grand prize 

of $1,000. 

According to Adam Erickson, 
senior programs board 

representative who gave out 
tickets for the drawings at the 
door, about 250 people attended 
the event. 

"This was pretty good for a first 
time program," Erickson said. 
"Especially since I heard about 
a rumor through the freshman 
class that it had been canceled." 

Reshai Tate was the host of 
small programs during the 
breaks, which involved random 
drawing selections of contestants 
running to members of programs 

board to win prizes within the 
boxes they held. 

Jami Whitten was the winner 
of $40 as she took the bank offer 
over her own box that contained 
a prize of $10. Kyle Hansen took 
home $185 after almost losing 
it all to five cents. Grace Teague 
came out $10 more than her box 
at $85. 

After coming down to two 
choices; $750 or a towel that may 
be in his box, Kole Tanouye took 
the bank offer of $400, making 
him the top winner of the evening 
with the help of his three friends, 
and came out $400 over a towel. 

Photo by Rachel Wolf 
Hansen discusses his next briefcase option with his three friends that were chosen to support him. 

"[The idea going through my 
mind was] should I give my friend 
the towel or not?" Tanouye said. 

One of Tanouye's right hand 
men was Eric Bunge, a character 
who ran up and hid the deal 
button so that Tanouye could not 
take the bank offer. Later Bunge 
hid behind his chair when the 
game got really intense. 

"I got in the moment. I didn't 
want to see him lose it-he's a 
dear partner," said Bunge after 
the event. 

"Kole was throwing out heated 
questions and I wasn't giving 
them out like he wanted. My head 
was pounding, my palms were 
sweaty it was really hot up there, 
hotter than normal," Bunge said. 
"My heart was pounding out of 
my chest not just for Kole, but 
lust for money." 

"I'm going to use $100 for 
gummy bears... and buy lots of 
spicy chicken sandwiches from 
Carl's Jr." Tanouye said. "Oh, I can 
get a phone now, too." 

Tanouye said that this 
experience was really different 
than any other Club Lu events 
that he has attended in the past 
because this time he was not just 
part of the audience, but part of 
the event itself. 

"It came out a little bit different 
than I planned, but for the better," 
said Anderson. 

Programs Board's next event is 
cosmic bowling, this Friday. 


Campus min- 
isters enjoy 
time at CLU. 

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Fall season 
of intramu- 
rals well 

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soccer pre- 
pares for 

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Professor discusses common good in California 

By Dana Blackburn 

Echo Staff Writer 

A changing demographic, a 
changing set of dimensions 
around inequality and 

opportunity and a changing 
economy were expalined as the 
three main underlying trends in 
California by Dr. Manuel Pastor 
last week. 

Pastor, professor of geography, 
american studies and ethnicity at 
University of Southern California 
discussed "Making Regions Work: 
Conflict, Collaboration, and the 
Common Good in California," on 
Sept. 24 in the Samuelson Chapel 
at California Lutheran University. 

Pastor is also the director of the 
program for Environmental and 
Regional Equity at USC's Center 
for Sustainable Cities. 

He is a frequent lecturer on 
issues involving economic 
equality, demographic change 
and community empowerment. 
Pastor's research has focused 
around regional inclusion, 
economic and social issues in low- 
income suburban communities, 
and environmental justice. 

California is leading the United 
States in terms of demographic 
change. In the last decade, 
concentrated poverty has fallen in 
the U.S. as a whole but it rose in 

"California is a place where 
people have traditionally come 
to make their lives, it has been 

a great place of opportunity, 
despite that we are now the sixth 
most unequal state," Pastor said. 

He explained that when 
comparing the top fifth percent 
of families to the bottom fifth 
percent of families, California is 
the sixth most unequal state in 
the U.S. The state of California 
is becoming more unequal at a 
faster rate than 32 other states. 

Pastor explained that California 
is facing a remarkable challenge 
that is actually calling for a 
different type of collaboration 
and leadership that must focus on 
values, integrity and finding the 
common good. 

"The future that you face as a 
leader in the state of California is 
one in which you will be leading 
in many communities that are 
not your own and where you will 
be collaborating, building bridges 
and finding common shared 
values," Pastor said. 

The lecture was presented by 
the Center for Leadership and 
Values in the School of Business 
at CLU, whose principal purpose 
is to encourage discussion of 
issues associated with values, 
character, leadership and social 
advancement both within the 
CLU community and in the larger 
surrounding community. 

The Center for Leadership 
and Values has been involved 
in establishing a speaker series, 
conducting pertinent research 
for organizations such as The 

Photo by Nathan Hoyt 
USC professor Dr. Manuel Pastor discusses his "Making Regions Work" at the University Chapel. 

Workforce Investment Board and 
Ventura County Public Health 
and creating and maintaining 
databases for socio-economic 
indicators in Ventura County. 

"He gave us a vision of the 
future and then said 'the future 
is now." When you think about 
the life experiences before young 
people, it would be a great 
opportunity missed if they don't 

look ahead," said Dr. Jamshid 
Damooei, co-director of The 
Center for Leadership and Values 
and professor of economics at 

A consistent theme of 
collaboration and change was 
promoted throughout Pastor's 

"True prosperity is not one- 
sided, it is not a gated community 

and it is not segregation. True 
prosperity is pursuing the 
common good," Damooei said. 

The CLU community can 
look forward to future speakers 
presented by Center for 
Leadership and Values who 
has themed this year's series 
"Regional Collaboration." 

Nack aims to educate students on STDs 

Students learn 
about stigma of 
women with STDs 

By Kelsey Bonesteel 

Echo Staff Writer 

The stigma of women with 
STDs and the truth behind the 
cervical vaccine were explained 
as important to understand by 
Dr. Adina Nack on Sept. 23 in 
the Lundring events center at 
California Lutheran University. 

Nack, an assosiate professor 
of sociology also discussed her 
book "Damaged Goods? Women 
Living with Incurable Sexually 
Transmitted Diseases." 

Nack began teaching at CLU in 
2003. Many students know her as 
a sexual health informant and as 
the founder of CLU's Center for 
Equality and Justice. 

She has made an impact 
on campus, keeping students 
educated on the many different 
aspects of sexual health. 

Nack began with the discussion 
of Gardasil, the cervical cancer 
vaccine. She informed the 

audience that this vaccine is 
being disguised as only a cervical 
cancer vaccine, when in reality it 
is protecting women against four 
types of Human Papillomavirus 
that can cause cervical cancer. 
HPV falls under the umbrella of 

"By down playing HPV in the 
marketing, Merck has deprived 
us of the chance to be educated 
about a pandemic," Nack said. 

Merck is the pharmaceutical 
company who sponsors the 
Gardasil vaccine. 

Nack's theory is that Gardasil 
chose to market their vaccine 
in a different way because of 
the negative stereotypes against 
women with STDs. 

"If a woman wants an STD shot 
she would be labeled as bad girl, 
or a fallen woman," Nack said. 

Many students, faculty and staff 
attended the talk. Cheyanne 
Anderson, a junior at CLU 
said, "Ideally we should be able 
to market an STD shot, but I 
understand we're not ready." 

This statement reinforces Nack's 
goal and reason for tackling the 
stigma negativity surrounding 
women living with STDs or HPV. 

Her book, "Damaged Goods?" 
is a compilation of testimonials 
of real women living with STDs 
including HPV. Nack believes it is 
important for women not to feel 
alone and let them know there is 
life after an STD. When Nack was 
diagnosed with HPV at 20, no 
information was available. She 
knew something must be done 
for social change. 

"I wanted to hear real life 
stories of women that have gotten 
through it and continued living," 
Nack said. "We haven't done a 
good job really telling you about 
HPV and how it's transmitted." 

"If a woman wants an 
STD shot she would be 
labeled as a bad girl or a 
fallen woman." 

- Dr. Adina Nack 

Research took many trials before 
Nack was able to find women 
with the courage to discuss the 
typically taboo topic. Some of the 
stories include wonderful success 
stories, while others have chosen 

Photo by Desiree D' Arienzo 

CLU professor Dr. Adina Nack explains the topic of STDs to students. 

a lifetime of celibacy. 

This book is not only for women 
struggling with this vims, but 
also for their loved ones, nurse 
practitioners, and doctors. Nack 
also believes a huge part of how a 
patient reacts to being diagnosed 
is how doctors and nurse 
practitioners deliver the news. 

"If I was in that situation I 
wouldn't want to have the doctor 
just leave a message on my 
answering machine or tell me in 
the middle of the exam," Alison 
Larson, a junior at CLU said. "I 
can't believe there are doctors 

that would." 

Nack is not finished with her 
research. She will continue to 
record testimonials of women 
and begin including men in 
her study. HPV does not just 
affect women; men are at risk 
in the same way, though she 
knows there is a different stigma 
attached to women with a STD 
than men. 

"It is vital that we capitalize 
on the HPV vaccine and destroy 
STD myths, especially the sexist 
double standard of sexual 
morality," Nack said. 

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AkikoYasuike discusses 
' Japanese Corporate Wives' 

By Gigi Arjomand 
Echo Staff Writer 

"The Chuzai Identity of Japanese 
Wives" was a topic unfamiliar to 
most of the attendees at a lecture 
held by Dr. Akiko Yasuike, an 
assistant professor of sociology at 
California Lutheran University on 
Thursday, Sept. 25th in the Soi land 
Humanities Center. 

Yasuike, is an expert in the topic 
"Japanese Corporate Wives" as she 
recendy spent months researching 
and writing about their lifestyle in 
her dissertation for the University 
of Southern California, where she 
earned her Ph.D. 

"Chuzai" is a Japanese word 
and it translates to: living in a 
foreign country for occupational 

The "Chuzai wives" interviewed 
and discussed in the lecture are 
wives of successful Japanese men, 
who moved, with their husbands 
to Southern California when their 
husbands transferred within a 
corporation to the United States 
from Japan. 

Among those who attended the 
lecture were teachers, students, 
faculty and Dr. Juanita Hall, 
director of multicultural and 
international CLU programs. Most 
of the students were earning extra 

credit points for a class but by 
judging their discussions upon 
exiting the lecture, they seemed 
to find the topic very interesting. 

"It was definitely a topic I 
wouldn't have expected hearing 
about, but I discovered it was 
intriguing that their identity's 
were so consumed by their 
husband's jobs," said sophomore 
Megan Springer. 

Everyone seemed to be 
intrigued, listening quiedy 
throughout the hour long 
lecture, saving their questions 
and comments until after Dr. 
Yasuike had finished speaking. 

Yasuike answered the questions 
as passionately as she had 
lectured, engaging the audience 
with humor and vibrant body 
language. The information gave 
an in depth understanding of 
this lifestyle known as "Chuzai." 

"I am a Japanese woman born 
and raised in Japan. I've always 
thought a lot of things were 
weird and I've experienced 
gender issues and differences 
among Japanese people," Yasuike 

"I came here as an exchange 
student and by being here I had 
the access and capability, so I 
thought I'd study this group of 

transnational corporate wives." 

The lecture consisted of quotes, 
stories and facts, many of which 
Yasuike had obtained through 
personal interviews with these 

"We are just wives in Japan, but 
here we interact with people with 
our husband's masks on," one 
woman said. 

Dr. Yasuike found it remarkable 
that these women, some of 
which were earning more money 
than their husbands, would 
give up their personal careers 
to indirecdy "work" for their 
husband's corporation through 
their representation as "Chuzai 

"Some of them were happy. 
They could adapt easily since they 
had already been housewives in 
Japan. However, those who had 
careers in Japan, had problems 
with the Chuzai life identity," 
Yasuike said. 

Although Yasuike was uncertain 
what she would do in a similar 
situation, saying her decision 
would depend on the profession 
she held. "She did understand 
what might have motivated these 
women, love is an important 
factor," she said. 


Thursday Oct. 9 

8:00 p.m. Homecoming Coronation Ceremony 
Lundring Events Center 

Friday Oct. 10 

1 1 :30 a.m. Alumni & Friends Golf Classic 

Malibu Country Club (901 Encinal Canyon Road, Malibu, CA 90265) 

7 p.m - 9 p.m. Bingo Night 


9 p.m. - 12 a.m. Homecoming Carnival 

Memorial Parkway 

Saturday Oct. 11 

9 p.m. - 10 a.m. Breakfast & State of the University Address 

Lundring Events Center 

1 p.m. Kingsmen Football Game vs. Pomona-Pitzer 

Mt Clef Stadium 

4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Alumni & Family Festival 

Gilbert Center Courtyard 

6:45 p.m. Kingsmen Alumni Basketball Game 

Gilbert Arena 

8 p.m. - 12 a.m. Homecoming Dance 

Location: Cinespace, Hollywood 

Sunday Oct. 12 

9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. All Campus Continental 
Samuelson Chapel 
10 a.m. Worship 
Samuelson Chapel 
2 p.m. Homecoming & Family Weekend Concert 
Samuelson Chapel 

For more information go to 

Mogen Market now 
declines all meal plans 

Important Dates******* 

Don't miss these opportunites to talk to program reps about study- 

By Jennifer Tholse 
Echo Staff Writer 

Starting this fall semester, Mogen 
Market has installed a change 
which is displeasing the students. 

Students can no longer shop at 
the market with their meal plan 
and the prices on everything have 
also increased from last year. 

What can be found at an ordinary 
grocery store will cost more than 
double the price on campus. 

"It is inconvenient for people 
with meal plans, because now they 
can't use that to get a quick meal. 
Now they have to use their own 
money, which is annoying because 
they already spent money on this 
meal plan," said junior Beth Peters 
center director. 

"As a student I would at least like 
to be informed and receive more 
information on why this change 
occurred," sophomore April Wyatt 

Wyatt shopped at Mogen Market 
last year and is frustrated with this 
change since she already paid for 
her meal plan. 

She also works late and 
sometimes doesn't feel like going 
to the Centrum to get some food, 
since she lives closer to Mogen. 

In previous years, Peters used to 
go to Mogen Market to get a quick 
meal or to shop for some food 
when friends were invited over. 

Peters said that another center 

director explained that the 
reason for the change was 
because they sell toiletries which 
literally isn't food. 

Senior Matthew Jean doesn't 
accept that explanation and 
empahasized that money still 
has the same value. 

"Either way, if you're choosing 
to use your meal plan towards 
food or toward toiletries, it's 
still money that already has been 
spent by the student," Jean said. 

He also explained that he thinks 
Sodexho is making money off of 
the students, instead of being a 

He said that this is for the 
students and Sodexho is not 
supposed to look at it as a 
business or simply be interested 
in making profit. 

"They make it seem like 
they are doing this for us as a 
favor, but they are not. I don't 
understand how something that 
worked so amazingly has now 
been taken away," Jean said. 

Mogen Market is open from 
5 p.m. to midnight, and even 
though it is closed on Saturdays, 
the open hours are still during 
times when other dining options 
are unavailable which leads 
students no other choice than 
using that facility if hungry. 

This semester, since meal plans 
won't work any more, students 
with late eating habits have to 

on top 
a meal 

their own pocket money, 
of their meal plan, to enjoy 

ing in Washington D.C. 

To students interested in study- 
ing in D.C, we are know accept- 
ing applications for Spring. 

The website is 


You can also contact reps at 

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seniors and second semester 

sophomores have gone without 


No limit on major. 

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October 1,2008 

Around the Campus 

October 1 

October 2 



October 3 



October 4 

University Chapel: Paul Benz '08 

10 a.m. Samuelson Chapel 

The Tournees Festival: 
Les Choristes (2004) 

7 p.m. Preus-Brandt Forum 

The Need 

10:15 p.m. SUB 

Interviewing for Offers Workshop 

5:30 p.m. Roth Nelson Room 

Book Discussion: Dave Eggers' 
"What Is the What" 

7:30 p.m. Lunching Event Center 

Preparing your Student Research 
Symposium Presentation 

10 a.m. Richter Hall 

Lord of Life Student 
Congregation Retreat 

6 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

Men's Soccer vs. Redlands 
1 1 a.m. Home 

Volleyball vs. Pomona-Pitzer 
6 p.m. Home 



October 5 


October 6 



October 7 

Next week on campus 

Lord of Life Congregational 

6:15 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

"The purpose of 
life is a life of 

What Can I do with this Major? 

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Duo falls 

in love 
with each 
other and 


Scott and Melissa Maxwell- 
Doherty return to their alma 
mater to head campus ministries 

By Natasha Spiroff 
Echo Staff Writer 

After completing 24 units at California Lutheran 
University, a student is considered an alumnus or alumna. 
Some alumni leave and never look back, but for others, 
CLU remains a part of their lives long after graduation. For 
campus pastors Scott and Melissa Maxwell- Doherty, CLU 
has left a lasting impression on their lives. 

Scott Maxwell-Doherty '76 has been connected to CLU 
from an early age. 

As a child growing up in Burbank, he was a member 
of the American Lutheran Church and traveled with the 
congregation to the future site of CLU to enjoy picnics by 
the pool, which was formerly located outside of Kramer 
Court. He specifically remembers flying kites with his 
father in a field that is now the parking lot outside of 
the Gilbert Sports and Fitness 

After studying for two years 
at a community college, 
Scott transferred to CLU as a 
religion major. 

"I knew that was the career 
path for me," Scott said. "I 
knew I wanted to be a pastor." 

Melissa Maxwell-Doherty 77 
was also introduced to CLU 
through her church. 

Melissa was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 
in Long Beach. This church had a CLU Guild, which raised 
money to help support the fairly new college. 

Before coming into her first year at CLU as a psychology 
major, Melissa intended to transfer after a year or two but 
quickly changed her mind. 

"(On] the Wednesday of the first week, I fell in love," 
Melissa said. "I loved how people interconnected. You 
could be a little fish and find your way; you didn't have to 
be the superstar." 

Melissa found her way at CLU by becoming involved. As a 
departmental assistant for the psychology department and 
an active member of the campus ministries on campus, she 
kept herself busy by working with many different people, 
leading small groups and working in the community. 

A mutual friend is responsible for introducing the 

"Scott was the handsome tennis player," Melissa said. 
"And he seemed too conservative to like me." 

Scott remembers when he first saw Melissa. 

"She had a great tan, long hair, and I thought to myself 
that I should get to know her," Scott said. 

Photo by Van Urfalian 

Campus pastors Melissa and Scott Maxwell-Doherty are recognized for their openness and compassion for CLU students. 

The two took an interim class together and began to get 
to know each other better. 

"I remember running back to the Mount Clef lounge 
having to pee so badly," Melissa said. "We would have the 
best conversations that I never wanted to stop." 

After receiving their bachelor degrees from CLU, Scott and 
Melissa continued on to the Pacific Lutheran Theological 
Seminary in Berkeley. Both finished their masters in four 
years, each completing a year-long internships Scott in 
Illinois and Melissa in Michigan. 

The first few months following graduation from seminary 
were exciting for Scott and Melissa. They were married, 
ordained and received their first call to a church. 

That first call was especially exciting not only because 
they were a new clergy couple, but also because the idea 
of a woman pastor was a fairly new concept. Nonetheless, 
the Maxwell-Doherty's had received the first call of their 

graduating class. 

"[Melissa] had a great 
tan, long hair, and I 
thought to myself that I 
should get to know her." 

- Rev. Scott Maxwell- 

Scott and Melissa began 
their service at a church 
in Glendale but only for a 
short time. 

They were then called to 
Arizona where their two 
children, Kyle and Nathan, 
were born. After spending 
seven years in Arizona, 
the Maxwell-Doherty's 
relocated to a church in 
North Dakota. 

Nine years after their move to North Dakota, they 
received a call from their alma mater, CLU, and although 
they weren't sure if they wanted to move again, they 
decided to send in their resumes. 

After accepting their call to CLU in 2000, the Maxwell- 
Doherty's settled in as the campus pastors. 

"Campus ministries are very exciting," Melissa said. "We 
get to connect with people at very exciting times in their 
lives. People are changing, testing things, recommitting 
their lives and questioning their faith." 

Opportunities are available for every CLU student to 
become involved in campus ministries. 

"The most visible events on campus are Wednesday 
chapel, Common Ground on Wednesday nights and 
Sunday night worship," Scott said. "The Lord of Life 
congregation is run by and for students." 

Pastors Scott and Melissa encourage students with 
questions to come talk to them. 

"Everyone has something to offer," Melissa said. "We 
encourage everyone in their own walk of faith." 

Annual Fund kicks 
off 'Philanthropy 

The kickoff for California Lutheran University's first- 
ever Student Philanthropy Council is this Friday. The SPC 
is a brand new, student-run organization supported by the 
Annual Fund office, which promotes student awareness 
about philanthropy and the crucial role it plays at CLU. 

On Friday, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., members of the SPC 
will launch their year-long awareness campaign called 
Philanthropy Phridays. 

These 'Phridays' will be held the first Friday of the 
month at the flagpole, and will be aimed at educating 
students about different aspects of philanthropy within 
the university. The SPC hopes to show that without the 
generous contributions of those who came before, CLU 
would not be what it is today. 

This Friday, the council will be celebrating "University 
Firsts." Stop by for games, snacks and an opportunity to 
learn about some first times for Cal Lutheran. 


California Lutheran University 

Candice Cerro 

Margaret Nolan 

Scott Beebe 

Trace Ronning 

Matt Kufeld 

Carly Robertson 

Doug Bamett 



Alisse Gregson 




Josh Moskowitz 

Dr. Steve Ames 

Jennifer Hammond 
Chelsea Jensen 
Laura Keams 

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October 1, 2008 

Programs board 
plans fun-filled 
events for fall 

Board hopes 
that mix of new 
and old will 
keep students 

By Ashley Soukup 
Echo Staff Writer 

The California Lutheran 
University programs board is 
gearing up for a year of new and 
repeated events that promise to be 

The board is a branch of the 
Associated Students California 
Lutheran University Government. 
Its mission is to listen to students' 
wants and to plan events 

"We're trying to do it even more 
than usual this year. We are just 
really trying to figure out what 
they (the students) want and 
trying to program to their needs," 
Jesse Knutson, programs board 
director said. 

They are also trying to 
incorporate other student clubs 
into events in hopes of attracting 
more students. One of their 
committees teamed up with H20, 
CLU's hip-hop organization, to 
produce this year's Glow in the 
Dark dance. 

The programs board is planning 
new events for this school year, 
including cosmic bowling on Oct. 
3, "Rocky Horror Picture Show" 
on Oct. 3 1, a football rally on Nov. 
7 and a dance marathon during 
the Spring semester. 

The board hosted the first new 
event of the 2008-2009 school 
year last Friday, which included 
a viewing and discussion of the 
first of three presidential debates 
between Sen. Barack Obama and 
Sen. John McCain. 

The programs board will 

hold other events for the final 
presidential debates as well. 

"We also have a set of 
programming that's going 
to occur before the election, 
geared toward political activism 
and getting students involved 
with the upcoming election in 
November," ASCLU President 
Andrew Brown said. 

The viewing and discussion 
of the presidential debate gives 
students the opportunity to 
voice their opinions about this 
•important and historic election 
and how it will affect them. 

"We will actually do a live 
broadcast of the debates and then 
have professors and delegates 
from both parties hopefully 
facilitate a discussion afterwards 
that engage students in the actual 
conversation of what is being 
decided and what is at stake in 
the election," Brown said. 

The programs board is bringing 
back past activities as well, 
events such as ice skating, cosmic 
bowling Friday, the annual 
homecoming carnival on Oct. 

10, homecoming dance on Oct. 

11, roller skating on Oct. 24 and 
Christmas Chaos. 

The programs board is also 
planning laser tag, Play for 
Pay, Howl at the Moon, Mr. 
Kingsmen, Spring Formal and 
Club Luau. 

"The programs that we are 
doing this year, they are either 
brand new programs or they are 
programs that haven't been seen 
by anyone because they haven't 
been done for many years," 
Amanda Whealon, programs 
board coordinator said. 

For more information 
about programs board 
events email Jesse Knutson 
or visit the Web site: http: 

Students playing volleyball in the first week of intramural sports. 

Photo by Rachel Wolf 

Intramural sports prove trendy 

CLU students 
enjoy friendly 

By Aaron Hilf 

Echo Staff Writer 

Having just over 500 students 
participating in five leagues, 
intramural sports is one of the 
most popular extracurricular 
activities among students at 
California Lutheran University. 

With the intramural sport 
season underway, it would be hard 
for students not to find something 
that they would be interested in 

"Intramurals are just a cool 
way to spend time with friends," 
said Clark Cripps, coordinator 
for intramurals, fitness and 
recreation. "They're another 
great way to get more involved on 

With five different sports on 
different days throughout the 
week, students are given flexibility 
and numerous choices in what 
intramurals they compete in 
which they love. 

"One of the nicest things about 
intramurals is that they have 
[most] sports on a different day of 
the week," senior Kevin Holt said. 
"It's just easy to find something 
to do even if you're really, really 

Taking part in softball this 
semester, Holt and friend Brittany 
Mowry built their team from the 
ground up. 

"We made a Facebook group to 
get more friends involved," said 
Holt. "Now our team is so big, I 
don't even know everyone that's 
on it." 

Lets Play Ball... 

Fall intramurals started on Sunday with softball an 
volleyball. This fall there are five different leagues on 
three different nights that students can chose from. 

Tuesday: Dodgeball, 3 on 3 Basketball 
Wednesday: Indoor Soccer 
Sunday: Softball and Volleyball 

"It's just another way to get 
involved and meet new people 
around campus," said sophomore 
Kristin White. 

Having played sports her whole 
life, White is hoping to get back 
into the swing of things this fall 

"I played soccer when I was 
younger and I wanted to play it 
here because I missed it and it 
would be something fun to do 
with friends," she said. 

Fall leagues include indoor 
soccer, softball, 3 on 3 basketball, 
volleyball and dodge ball. Slated 
leagues for the spring semester 
include inner tube water polo, 
outdoor soccer, flag football, 
and 5 on 5 basketball. A spring 
bowling league at a local bowling 
ally is also a possibility. 

Throughout the year Cripps 
and the intramural staff also 
plan on putting together different 
tournaments including kickball, 
wiffle ball and Wii bowling. Sign- 
ups are open to all students and 
they can sign up as a team, or 
even as a free agent for any sport 
or tournaments. 

As one of the newest up-and- 
coming sports here on CLU's 
campus, students use dodge 

ball to reconnect to their past 
while taking out some of their 
everyday frustration. DodgebalTs 
popularity around campus 
has continued to grow, even 
as popularity with elementary 
school officials has dwindled in 
recent years. 

What was "once shrugged off as a 
harmless game is now considered 
aggressive, unwholesome and a 
cause of injuries by some school 
administrators," reports the New 
York Times. 

Is the dodgeball league just 
another childhood memory, or 
an unhealthy and violent way of 
students to lash out toward one 

Either way, Cripps hopes to 
stay within the spirit of the 
game by making some small 
changes this semester, including 
the implementing of a new 
sportsmanship point system. 
Cripps hopes that these changes 
will help things from getting out 
of hand. 

"Intramurals were designed to 
provide some sort of competitive 
and athletic sport for students not 
participating in varsity sports, but 
are to remain fun and healthy 
competition," he said. 

October 1,2008 


Page 7 

Otsuka inspired to write 
book about WWII camps 

Author raises question: do we learn from the past? 

By Megan Hindman 
Echo Staff Writer 

Freshman Seminar is designed to ease students 
into their college careers. As part of the First 
Year Experience Program at California Lutheran 
University this year's book, "When the Empire was 
Divine," was given to freshmen prior to their arrival 
on campus to help with the transition. 

"College is different than high school. There are 
higher expectations, which often include preparing 
for classes before the first day ever arrives," said Sally 
Sagen, assistant director of student life. "It allows us 
the opportunity to discuss the book during New 
Student Orientation, giving all freshman a common 

The novel is based on those involved in the 
Japanese Internment during WWII. Selected for 
its literary and historical perspective, the book also 
leads the reader to speculate the nations choices in 
our current war. 

Julie Otsuka, author of "When the Empire was 
Divine," spoke last Friday, Sept. 26, in the Gilbert 
Sports and Fitness Center. During her lecture, 
Otsuka questioned how much we have really learned 
from the past to understand where we are in the 
present. She also made reference to current similar 
situations and provided additional information 
about her personal journey while writing the book. 

"It was nice hearing what the speaker had to say. 
It actually kind of gave me a different insight about 
how she told the story and what the story meant to 
her personally," said freshman Sandy Mullens. 

Having the author available to discuss the book 

played an important factor in the selection process 
for this year's text. 

"It is thrilling to hear an author read his or her own 
work and actually experience the book the way the 
author intended," Sagen said. 

Faculty members are allowed to choose how he or 
she will incorporate the text into their class work. 
Many peer groups will visit the Japanese American 
National Museum or use the text for discussions and 
response papers. 

"It can really spark some good discussions," said 
Jim Bond, associate professor of English. "Related to 
the book and beyond the book in terms of freshman 
seminar, students have the opportunity to enter 
into conversation at CLU. They are invited in to 
learn some of the ways of talking, thinking and 
communicating in this university." 

The text also displays strong ties to the freshman 

"It emerges students in this culture that many of 
them are unfamiliar with," Bond said. 

A situation very similar to the struggles a freshman 
faces in the beginning of his or her college career. 

"Further, it highlights how we as humans can 
handle difference in such terrible ways and I think 
it brings about opportunities to discuss how we 
handle difference and fear as individuals in our lives, 
which are both key issues in students' transitions 
into college," Sagen said. 

Julie Otsuka's book "When the Empire was Divine" 
not only shed light on an often forgotten story, but 
also provided, in many ways, a reference for the 
freshman experience. 

Choral Concert 

Sunday, October 1 2, 2008 
ZOO pm 
Samuelson Chapel 

Women's Chorale 
CLU Choir 

Wyant Morton, Conductor 

In keeping with tradition, the CLU Choral 
Ensembles will present one of their hallmark 
concerts featuring an edectic program of exciting 
and unusual works. 

Donations accepted 
(805) 493-3306 

The 2008-2009 cancan calendar for the CLU Music 
Department can be found 

California Lutheran 

• IT 


"Who is your favorite 
Professor and why?" 

"Dr.. Jarvis Streeter, 
professor of 
religion. He is really 
personable and 
friendly. He is a 
really good teacher." 

-Freshman, Destiny 

"Barry Burns, 
instructor for 
multimedia / art. He 
is easy to approach 
and just an overall 
nice guy." 

-Senior, Scott Smith 


"Dr. Haco Hoang, 

assistant professor of 

political science. She 

is a really inspiring 

teacher and I learn a 

lot in her classes." 

-Sophomore, Arianna 


assistant professor 

of business. He has 

a lot of energy even 

though it is an early 

class. He's always 

ready to teach." 

-Junior, Bill Graeme 

"Dr. Jonathan 

Cordero, assistant 

professor of 

sociology, he is a very 

helpful professor 

and makes class 


-Senior, Amy Gourley 

California Lutheran University 


■ The Echo 

Page 8 

October 1,2008 

I'm not a feminist, I'm an equal 

By Candice Cerro 

Editor in Chief 

In one of my classes last 
week, we presented topics for 
research papers. Each one of 
my classmates presented his Or 
her choice of a pressing issue 
they would like to study. One 
classmate in particular presented 
a topic about feminism. 

His theory is that as women 
make the transition from high 
school to college they begin to 

realize the disadvantages they 
face in our society due to their 
sex. He claims that this causes 
women to have "chips on their 
shoulders" thus producing a 
different attitude than their male 

My observant classmate is 
referring to the glass ceiling: 
the idea that women do not 
advance as readily as men in 
the workplace because of their 

It is hard to deny that women 
are making incredible strides. 
With Hillary Clinton getting 
so close to the Democrat 
nomination and Sarah Palin now 
the Republican vice presidential 
candidate, women are beginning 
to creep into main leadership 

The sad fact however, is that 
women are not on the same 
playing field as men. Is it true 
that women do not know this 
while in high school and become 
aware of it in college or in the 

I think so. Little girls are told 
they can be anything they want to 
be in life, yet when they progress 

beyond high school into the "real 
world" they find out that their 
sex plays a far larger role than 
they ever realized. 

Why are we debating Hillary 
Clinton's outfit choice? Why 
are we overly consumed with the 
fact that Sarah Palin happens to 
be quite attractive? 

People will comment on Barack 

Since when does being 
ambitious, and some- 
times saucy, mean that 
I do so because of the 
disadvantage of being 

Obama's looks, but not to the 
same degree as Palin receives. 

In regards to a woman having a 
"chip on her shoulder" though, I 
have to disagree. 

Who is to say that because I 
work harder than some of my 
male counter parts, I do so 
because I am a disadvantaged 

When I stand up for myself or 
assert my views publicly, does 
this make me "sensitive" to the 
feminist plight or does it just 

mean that I justify my beliefs? 

Since when does being 
ambitious, and sometimes saucy, 
mean that I do so because of the 
disadvantage of being female? 

I'll regress to my childhood 
for just a moment. The person 
responsible for my so-called 
feminism, is actually my father. 

He, however, did not teach me 
to a strong-willed girl or woman, 
he taught be to be a strong- 
willed individual, no matter my 

I think it is important to 
remember that if one still 
upholds the double standard, 
he then, is being sexist. If it is 
okay for a male to say something 
or do something, it is just as 
appropriate for a female to do 

I also do not believe that in 
saying this I am being ultra-: 

I will not be chaining myself 
to an inanimate object any time 
soon and I most certainly will not 
be burning my bra, I do however, 
strongly believe I am an equal to 
my male counterpart. 

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Mastering the art of the tease 

By Kristin Gilman 

Echo Staff Writer 

When contemplating a topic to 
write about this week a certain 
controversy caught my interest 
After I made plans to join the 
new "Flexy Tease" workout class 
for women, I learned from a 
disappointed participant that 
the class had mysteriously been 

The Gilbert Sports and Fitness 
Center's Flexy Tease class is the 
subject of passionate responses, 
both negative and positive, on the 
California Lutheran University 

Flexy Tease was to be a new 
class offered at the Gilbert Sports 
and Fitness Center this semester. 
This all-female class aimed to get 
women excited about coming to 
the gym to exercise by entwining 
an aerobic work out with a sexy 

The first class was held Sept. 17 
and it received an outstanding 
response from the more than 45 
students who attended. 

The excited female students 
were instructed to dress in layers 
and wear high heels to the next 

However, not everyone was 
thrilled. Parents, faculty, staff and 
even some students complained 
about the content of this class. 
Perhaps good Lutheran women 
are neither to tease nor be 

In order to find out what 
happened, I contacted Clark 

Cripps, coordinator of 

Intramurals, Recreation and 
Fitness. I received two sentences 
from him, which simply 
explained that the course was 
no longer being offered and he 
did not wish to share any more 

Still confused, I spoke with 
some women who had attended 
the first class to see what kind 
of explanation they had received, 
and found that they were just as 
befuddled as I was. 

No one seems to know why, or 
wishes to share why Flexy Tease 

Bottom line, the Flexy 
tease class is about 
making excercising fun 
and teaching women 
to be comfortable with 
their bodies. 

was cut after a single class. It 
seems a little unfair to "tease" the 
students with one class and pull it 
away with no explanation. 

The GSFC administrators 
had to review and approve the 
content of the class before it was 
announced and scheduled to be 
offered. Students who attended 
the first session of Flexy Tease 
were excited about it and the 
word around campus was that 
the next class would be packed. 

So what would cause this 
sudden cancellation of the class 

I do not know the answer to this 
and neither do the students, who 

were eager about attending. 

If CLU or the Gilbert Sports and 
Fitness Center think the content 
of this class is inappropriate to 
be associated with the university, 
they should not have offered it in 
the first place. 

If the class was shut down 
because of complaints from 
faculty, staff, students or parents 
that is a shame. 

I do not believe that CLU is 
conservative to the extent of 
shutting down an aerobic class. 
The conservative students can 
still uphold their values with a 
class like this taking place-simply 
do not attend if the content is not 
cohesive with your beliefs. 

Bottom line, the Flexy Tease class 
is not about being scandalous or 
promiscuous. It is about making 
exercising fun and teaching 
women to be comfortable with 
their bodies. This class is not 
Stripping 101, and no one was 
encouraging any of the female 
students to take on a night job as 
an exotic dancer. 

Getting your workout at the 
gym should not be something 
you dread doing all day. This 
class was a break from the 
mundane 30 minutes on the 
"dreadmill." CLU and the Gilbert 
Sports and Fitness Center should 
aim to empower women with a 
healthy, happy body image. 

Classes that can get women 
excited about exercising and 
improving their health should 
not be shut down-they should be 

What does this sign mean? 

It means someone cares about your experience at CLU 

It means the person who posted this sign is ready and willing 

to talk to you about a negative experience related to your race, 

lethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, 

or religion 

It means your conversation will be confidential 

It means the faculty or administrator posting this sign has been 


as a SAFE ZONE Ally to support you 

For more information about the SAFE ZONE Ally program, 

contact Dr. /I Ian Goodwin (a goodwin(3),callutheran. edu) or Dr. 

Juanita Hall (iahall(a>.clunet. edu) 

For ftie record 

In last week's edition, Kristin Gilman was not 
encouraging students to disable their smoke de- 
tectors in order to make their Internet connection 


October 1,2008 


Page 9 

Taxes or tacos? 

By Missy Bain 
Echo Staff Writer 

How many times have you 
received a paycheck and looked 
at the amount of money you 
earned, then looked at the 
actual check amount after 
taxes and waved an angry fist at 
Uncle Sam? 

I know I have done it a few 
times. Although the amount of 
money taken out of my checks 
is never really that much, only 
about $20 or so, as a broke 
college student, I know how far 
only $20 can go. 

With that extra $20 I could 
buy 40 tacos at Jack in the Box, 
or two "fishbowl" margaritas at 
Sunset Terrace for Margarita 

But instead, the state and 
national government get my 
$20 and I go hungry and 

And that is just my income 
tax. What about all the taxes I 
pay every time I go shopping, 
fill up my gas tank or go out 
to eat? 

It seems never-ending, and 
many people actually make 
a living doing nothing but 
complaining about all of 
the taxes they pay (i.e. Rush 

But, after all of my blind, 
taco-less frustration, instead of 
complaining, I started to really 
think about this whole paying 
taxes thing. And maybe it isn't 
so bad after all. 

I did some research and found 
that the majority of our local 
tax dollars go to things like 
public schools and salaries and 
supplies for police officers and 

I suppose I can sacrifice a 
margarita to pay someone who 
is willing to sacrifice their own 
life to save mine. 

I suppose I can cut down on 
my consumption of tacos to 
help ensure that a young child 
has a desk to sit at when he or 
she arrives to class. 

I suppose. But what about all 
of the national taxes we pay? 
How dare the government 
take money out of my hard 
earned paycheck and give it to 

a struggling family. 
How dare they assume that 

I care about my fellow human 

beings and agree that all 

children, not just my own or 

the ones I personally know, are 

entitled to a good education. 
How dare they think that I 

want to pay Social Security to 

take care of all these senior citizens 
who drive too slow and make me 
late to work everyday. 

What a silly government we 
have to make us take care of each 
other in order to have a more 
successful, more motivated and 
more confident nation. 

I understand that we are a 
capitalist nation and that we tend 
to be self-interested because of it. 

But I don't understand why it is 
such a big deal to pay your share, 
just like everyone else (except of 
course for the illegal immigrants, 
but that is a whole other article) 
and have the same opportunity to 
receive a helping hand when you 
need it most? 

I know most people say, "That 
will never be me. I will never 
be poor and therefore I will 
never need any of the services I 
contribute unwillingly to." 

Sweet. Good for you. But some 
people weren't raised in sunny 
Thousand Oaks with everything 
they needed handed to them. 
Some people actually struggle 

I did some research and 
found that the majority 
of our local tax dollars 
go to things like public 
school and salaries and 
supplies for police of- 
ficers and firefighters. 

everyday, drop out of school so 
they can work more and help take 
care of their families. 

Some people just need a little 
help getting started, or getting 
back up on their feet. Some people 
pay their rent and their electricity 
bill and then don't have enough 
left to pay for groceries or child 

So, without our tax dollars, 
without our helping hands, 
some people would be forced to 
choose paying rent to shelter their 
children or themselves, or buying 
groceries to feed their children or 

Is that fair? I understand that 
there are those out there who 
do take advantage of tax-dollar 
programs and sit around all 
day making money off of other 
people's hard work. 

But these people are far and 
few between and no system will 
ever be perfect. People will always 
find a way to cheat or get around 

And to me, it is not worth ceasing 
to fund these programs completely 
because there are a few jerks out 

So, next time you complain 
about taxes, think about how you 
have had the opportunity to go to 

Think about how someone else 
out there will survive another 
day because of your help, whether 
willing or not and how great of a 
country this could be if we all are 
in it together and helping each 
other out. 

Everyone wants some form of 
public service, but no one wants to 
pay for it. Let's all just grow up, get 
over ourselves, and do our duty as 
American citizens. 

in L.A. 

Los Angeles; It's one of the 
world's most desired places to be. 
"A" listers, real estate moguls and 
high end retail stores are only a 
few reasons as to why the City 
of Angels is the place to see and 
be seen. 

Born and raised in L.A., I've 
made it a priority to never take 
for granted the hundreds of 
things one can do in this city. 
About 45 minutes south of 
Thousands Oaks one can find 
things to do, whether you want 
an evening out with friends or a 
calm dinner with family. 

There are two hot spot 
restaurants to try down in the city 
that are a must when visiting L.A. 
One is Geisha House, a sushi bar, 
sake lounge and restaurant that is 
open seven days a week beginning 
at 6 p.m. This incredible eatery is 
located at 6633 Hollywood Blvd., 
in Hollywood. 

Koi, a favorite among 
celebrities, is a unique restaurant 
that surrounds its visitors with 
willow trees and candlelight. This 
restaurant can be found at 730 
North La Cienega Blvd. in Los 

To me, a perfect night out 
would start by heading down to 
L.A., dressed and ready to go with 
my girlfriends, but not before 
stopping at a great sushi bar to 

eat. What's for dessert you may 
ask? Head to Pinkberry, which has 
its headquarters in Los Angeles for 
some "upscale frozen dessert." 

Finally of "legal age" and having 
more fun than ever checking out 
the L.A scene, I feel it's my duty to 
mention some of the hottest clubs 
for the 21 and over audience. The 
Green Door, Goa, Teddy's, The 

By Leslie Richman 

Echo Staff Writer 

Roosevelt, Boulevard 3 and Les 
Duex are only some of the most 
sophisticated night clubs in L.A. 
Kress and Coco De Ville are two 
other nightclubs that are slowly 
making their way to the top as the 
"it" place to be. 

Looking for something a litde 
more low key? Try hitting Venice 
Beach or the Santa Monica Pier. 
Venice Beach has hundreds of fun 
and exciting things to do and see. 

Take your dog on a nice stroll or 

go vintage shopping at some of 
the most authentic stores this city 
has to offer. 

Phenomenal artists that create 
paintings line the sidewalks of 
Venice Beach, all for sale and 
ready to make your home or 
apartment look divine. 

Santa Monica Pier, on the 
other hand, is a place to go 
for amusement park rides, 
excitement and crazy carnival 
games. Relax on the ferris wheel 
and get a front row seat to watch 
the breathtaking Pacific Ocean 
while floating high in the sky. 

Don't worry, I haven't forgotten 
about all the sports fans. With 
the World Series just around the 
corner, grab some nose-bleed 
tickets to a Dodger game, only 
to take in their famous Dodger 
Dogs, Cracker-Jacks, or extra- 
salty peanuts. 

Now, with Manny Ramirez as 
the Dodgers' new addition to play 
left field and with Russell Martin 
as catcher, it is guaranteed that 
you will be watching an exciting 

Not a baseball fan? Not a 
problem. What about those Los 
Angeles Lakers? Sit indoors in the 
stunning Staples Center to watch 
guard Kobe Bryant and forward 
Lamar Odom play hard this 
upcoming basketball season. 

Los Angeles is a city that 
guarantees a fast-pace lifestyle 
and remarkable memories. With 
hundreds of things you can do in 
the great city of Los Angeles, why 
not take a quick trip to have the 
time of your life? 

$700 billion bailout 

By Hollie Lowenberg 

Echo Staff Writer 

President Bush addressed the 
nation Wednesday night warning 
Americans and lawmakers that 
failing to act on the $700 billion 
bailout could lead to "financial 
panic" and a "long and painful 

Bush urged Congress to pass 
his administration's financial 
rescue package for the sake of the 
American economy. 

The idea of the plan, involves 
the government buying up 
troubled assets so that credit 
could start flowing again and the 
economy could rebound. 

He argued that if a bailout 
is not approved, economic 
consequences such as 

disappearing retirement savings, 
rising foreclosures, lost jobs and 
closed businesses will be at high 


As of Friday, the plan was put 
to rest, but lawmakers are still 
scrambling to come up with a 
solution to this serious issue. 
Even though this bill did not 
pass, it's obvious that something 
must be done soon or else we 
will have a huge problem on our 
hands, leaving a tremendous 
impact on American consumers, 
homeowners and taxpayers. 

Right now banks and lending 
institutions are out of money, 
investors that would normally 
buy are afraid. Without selling 
mortgage-backed securities 

(M. B. S) we can't gain capital, 
which means the credit crisis will 
continue to worsen, threatening 
the entire financial system. By 
establishing a price for assets no 
one currently wants to buy, it 
could allow a market to develop 
and allow financial firms to get 
on with the effort of taking their 
losses and getting the damaged 
assets off their books. 


We need to create an agency 
that will buy these notes and hold 
on to them until the market gets 
better. In the meantime, banks 
would have money to loan out, 
including loans for cars, homes, 
credit cards and even student 

For those of you asking, "How 
dose this affect me?" I'll tell you. 
If the banks are to hard up to 
loan money that means those of 
us who borrow loans every year 

for college won't be able to. If 
we can't get loans, we can't go 
to Cal Lutheran anymore. Most 
students would have to transfer to 
state schools or local community 

Considering that Cal Lutheran 
is such an expensive school, many 
students need aid in the form of 
loans to be able to attend. In 
fact, just in the past year tuition 
went up. 

Many students in America take 
out loans. Stafford loans right 
now are at a 6.8 percent fixed 
rate. My guess is that it will keep 
growing higher year by year if 
even available in the future. 

If students have to leave, 
there would be less enrollment 
resulting in a loss for the school. 
Cal Lutheran would have to 
offer more grant or scholarship 
money to off set the amount 
of loans so that students could 
attend. Therefore, the quality of 
the school would suffer, possibly 
resulting in budget cuts for 
certain programs. 

Something to think about when 
it comes down to supporting a 
bailout plan; whatever lawmakers 
conjure up next. 

We must remember that the 
U.S. economy is based on the 
money we make off of borrowing 
and lending. In a sense we are the 
"money merchants" of the world. 
We aren't as reliant as other 
countries on our exports. 

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f* The Echo . 


October 1,2008 

Love of the game fuels love of the job 

Chisholm shines in 
a position that high- 
lights his passion 

By Jeff Chaney 

Echo Staff Writer 

Scott Chisholm, Cal Lutheran 
University sports information 
director, is the man behind the 
sports media. From writing press 
releases and relaying information 
to other media outlets, to taking 
team photos and updating stats, 
he has found a career doing what 
he loves: sports. 

"If you enjoy your job you never 
labor a day, and I'm not a 9 to 5 
guy. I don't think I could come 

in and just stare at a computer 
screen all day for eight hours," 
Chisholm said. 

He first started working in 
college athletics as a sports . 
announcer at Chapman 
University where his first day on 
the job ended with a vulgar earful 
from a coach who didn't like his 
announcing style. 

"Eventually I got really good 
at public address announcing 
and that led to the internship 
at Chapman. Coming from that 
incident to where I am now is 
kind of funny," Chisholm said. 

At Chapman he used his 
knowledge as a water polo 
player for the Panthers to take 
on assignments around the 
swimming pool, as an aquatics 
sports information director for 

a year. 

He also did some assignments 
for golf and tennis as well, which 
he feels helped round him out for 
working on a variety of sports. 

"I basically did the same thing 
for the next two years at La Verne 



University while I was getting my 
masters," Chisholm said. 

It was at La Verne where he 
learned all about the different 
positions behind the scenes of 
each sport, a skill that would come 
in handy over time, as he would 
utilize those and other skills at 

"All the different game clocks, 

shot clocks and scoreboards, I 
could run them with my eyes 
closed by the time I was done 
there," Chisholm said. 

CLU athletics is proud to have 
someone like Chisolm who is 
dedicated to keeping all of CLU in 
the know. He writes sports press 
releases and takes photos for the 
athletics website, putting in well 
over 40 hours per week. 

"Ninety-eight percent of the 
time I'm working weekends, but it 
doesn't feel like work," Chisholm 

People have taken notice of his 
quickness, often having releases 
and scores posted online right 
after the particular game ends. 

"When a CLU athlete's parent, 
aunt, uncle, or grandparent wants 
information, results or stats about 

a game on the CLU website, they 
get that information although 
the game ended just minutes 
prior. That is all a credit to Mr. 
Chisholm," said assistant men's 
and women's water polo coach 
Matt Warshaw. 

Chisholm and his staff feel that 
timeliness is an inportant part 
of sports information. Getting 
the results out there right away is 
almost a necessity. 

Chisholm is on the pool deck, 
sidelines and courtside covering 
the latest CLU sporting events and 
organizing all the information for 
the public throughout the school 

"Especially for home events, we 
pride ourselves in getting that 
stuff out as soon as possible. The 
quicker the better," he said. 

Kingsmen top two conference opponents 

Men continue 
strong SCIAC 

By Jackson Damron 

Echo Staff Writer 

The men's soccer team picked 
up two wins in conference play 
this week, defeating Whittier 
College on Wednesday and 
Caltech University on Saturday. 

The Kingsmen beat the Whittier 
Poets 2-0 to remain unbeaten in 
conference play and brought 
their season record back to .500 
at 4-4. 

The Kingsmen received goals 
from sophomore Jorge Martinez 
and freshman Braden Hoyt to 
secure the victory. 

With the Kingsmen improving 
to 3-1 in SCIAC play, they will 
now face Claremont-Mudd- 
Scripps today at 4 p.m. and at 
Redlands on Saturday, October 
4. Redlands is currently tied for 
first place with Pomona-Pitzer 
with identical records of 2-0-1. 

Cal Lutheran sophomore 
goalkeeper Mike Zubach had his 
first solo shutout of the season 
recording a save in each half. 

On Saturday, CLU defeated the 
Caltech Beavers 5-1 at home, 
keeping the Beavers winless 
in the Southern California 
Intercollegiate Athletic 

Conference (SCIAC). 

Scoreless after the first half 
the Kingsmen found themselves 
frustrated by the Beaver defense. 
Having only one attacking 
forward, Caltech's remaining 
nine players jammed passing 
lanes and forced the Kingsmen 
offside, spoiling many scoring 

"We were very anxious to get on 

Kingsmen Dirk Onink fights for the ball against Whittier's Daniel Covarrubias. 

the board," said CLU assistant 
coach Doc Kuntz. "We needed 
to play together and have more 
consistent play on the ground." 

Kuntz gave a lot of credit to 
Caltech in the first half adding 
that they came out with a lot of 
heart and played with nothing 
to lose. 

After some encouraging words 
at halftime, the Kingsmen got 
on the board in the 63rd minute 
with a goal from sophomore 
Steffen Isetorp, assisted by 
junior John Barley, who picked 

up a yellow card in the first half. 

"I told the boys we needed to 
keep our shots low, hard and to 
the corners," Kuntz said. "Shots 
to the keeper's hands are easily 

During the next five minutes 
the Kingsmen received goals from 
Hiroki Sera, Josh Moskowitz, and 
Matt Fernandez in the 65th, 66th, 
and 68th minutes, respectively. 

"As soon as we got the first 
[goal] we relaxed and capitalized 
on opportunities in the box," 
said junior midfielder Ryan 

McDermott, who also had an 
assist in the second half and is 
the leading point scorer for the 
Kingsmen this year. 

CLU's final goal came by way 
of an exciting one-on-one move 
from Robert Yajima who found 
the back of the net to put CLU 
up 5-0. 

"Robert has some fancy 
footwork. We see it everyday in 
practice," Barley said. 

In the 89th minute Caltech 
junior Tyler Volkoff scored the 
lone goal for the Beavers to spoil 

Photo by Nathan Hoyt 

a second straight shutout for the 
Kingsmen. Volkoff's goal was 
the first for Cal Tech this season 
while allowing 20 goals over four 
conference games. 

Zubach and Hoyt, who also 
played forward during the game, 
split time at goalkeeper for the 

Kuntz also praised the play 
of sophomore defender Ryan 
Dosh for controlling midfield 
and limiting Caltech's chances to 
make a run at goal. 

October 1,2008 


Page 11 

Shorthanded cross country team 
prepares for SCIAC in Riverside 

Men can't compete 
as a team until their 
injuries are healed 

By Nicole Jacobsen _ 
Echo Staff Writer 

The cross country teams competed in the 
UC Riverside meet on Saturday. 

Even though the Cal Lutheran men 
didn't have a full team, each of them ran 
a personal best while the women's team 
finished in the top 20. 

Both teams don't compete again until Oct. 

18 at the SCIAC multi-duals in La Mirada 

Park, giving them a few weeks to improve 

on both personal and 

team times. 

"It was a fast course," 
junior Brian Kahovec 
said. "All our hard 
work over the season 
has paid off so far." 

The long hours of 
training showed once 
the men were shown 
their times. Senior 
Brett Siddle and sophomore Ray Ostrander 
have been the team leaders throughout the 
season and ended Saturday's meet the same 

Siddle placed 88 lh of 285 with a time of 
26:48 while Ostrander was just 28 seconds 
behind him and placed 118 th with a time 

Brett Siddle 

of 27:16. Kahovec finished 128th with 27: 
21 and sophomore Brett Halvaks, 225 ,h at 

Freshman Stephen Shirk didn't compete 
this week due to an injury but will be ready 
by the conference multi-duals in mid- 
October. The duals will be the first time all 
season that the men will have a chance to 
score as a team. 

"I can't wait for Stephen to come back and 
have a full scoring team," Kahovec said. 

Coach Nicole Crawford is happy with 
how the men's team finished but is hoping 
nobody will get injured before the duals. 

"Individually the guys have been doing 
a great job," Crawford said. "I am anxious 
to see what they can do as a team though. 
They end up beating their personal bests at 
each meet so their combined 

scores should be pretty high." 

While the men weren't able to produce a 
team score, the CLU Women's team got 19 th 
place with a total time of 1:38:38. 

Freshmen Toccoa Kahovec, Kristina 
Rogers and junior Nicole Flanary all 
finished within 8 seconds of each other. 
Kahovec finished 1 12 ,h out of 336 with a 
time of 19:28, followed by Rogers, 118 ,h , 
who was just 5 seconds . behind with a 
time of 19:33; Flanary, 121", finished at 19: 
36. Senior Jessica Schroeder finished just 
under 20 minutes at 19:50 and was closely 
trailed by teammate Kjersti Framnes who 
finished at 20:09. 

Sophomore Lynn Clahassey and seniors 
Brandy Newton and Megan Lowrey 
brought in the final runners for the team. 

Clahassey came in at 20:32 followed by 

Newton, 21:05, and Lowrey, 21:19. 

"We were all proud of how the girls 
finished," Halvaks said. 

"They ran hard and finished with good 

Kahovec has been leading the women's 
team with outstanding times throughout 
this season, finishing in the top ten at the 
Westmont Invitational and 15 ,h at the UCI/ 
Asics Invitational. 

"Toccoa has been putting up impressive 
times," Coach Crawford said. "She's been 
working hard everyday in practice and 
trying to improve her time every week." 

Crawford knows the next meet will be big 
and her runners are up to the challenge. 

"Everybody's excited for the duals," 
Crawford said. "It's an important meet 
and they want to do well." 

This Week in CLU Sports 

Kingsmen Football 










Regals Volleyball 











Kingsmen Soccer 









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Regals take two wins over the weekend 

After dropping a home 
match to La Verne, the 
Regals rebounded with 
straight set wins 

By Nicole Flanary 
Echo Staff Writer 

California Lutheran 

University's women volleyball 
team defeated both Occidental 
College and Caltech University' 
this past weekend, after falling 
short against La Verne last 
Tuesday night. 

The Regals (10-4, 2-1 SCIAC) 
played a conference game 
at home on Tuesday against 
the Whittier Poets (2-11, 0-2 

The Poets attempted to snap 
a six-match losing streak at 
the Gilbert Sports and Fitness 
Center, while the Regals planned 
to continue their two-match 
winning streak. 

The Regals are ranked No. 19 
in NCAA Division III, while the 
University of La Verne Leopards 
have won eight consecutive 
SCIAC championships and 
have earned respectable No. 3 
national ranking. 

"La Verne is a tough team, 
but I think we put way too 
much emphasis on this game," 

Photo by Ashley Bentz 

Lindsey Benson, Allison Kerr, and Summer Plante-Newman set a block. 

assistant coach Kevin Judd said, 
"Nerves played a huge part in 
our loss. We just needed to calm 
down and play CLU volleyball." 

The. Leopards roared past the 
Regals with three straight set- 
wins of 25-16, 25-18 and 25-16. 

Despite losing to the Leopards 
on Tuesday night, the Regals 
combined for 3.5 team blocks, 
and several players had impressive 

Sophomore Erin Exline and 
senior Summer Plante-Newman 

teamed up for 13 kills, with help 
from senior Lindsey Benson, who 
contributed 20 assists. Junior 
Cori Hayes and sophomore 
Allison Kerr also added five kills 
a piece for the Regals. 

"We need to learn from this 
game and move on. If we play 
like we can, we will see La Verne 
two more times this season; once 
at SCIAC playoffs and then again 
at the Sweet 8 in Illinois. We need 
to just go in there more relaxed 
and focus on playing our game," 

Judd said. 

The Regals played CLU 
volleyball on Friday and 
Saturday night, sweeping the 
Caltech Beavers in Pasadena and 
the Occidental Tigers at home. 

Several players made 

substantial impacts on the game, 
emphasizing the importance of 

Summer Plante-Newman 

had six aces in the win against 
Caltech, earning her a CLU 
record. Nine different Regals 
posted kills to seal CLU's 3-0 
victory over the Beavers with 
scores of 25-7, 25-9 and 25-15. 

Bridgette Redmond had a 
match-high of six kills in the 
defeat of Caltech while Kelsey 

"Our season goal is 
to become this year's 
SCIAC champions and I 
really believe we can." 

- Casy McWhirk 

Hart and Erin Exline combined 
for 10. 

"We have been practicing really 
hard as a team, and we just need 
to keep believing in ourselves and 
the possibilities will be endless," 
freshman Casy McWhirk said. 

"Confidence is the key." 

CLU's final match-up of the 
week on Saturday night was 
against the Occidental Tigers. 
The Regals powered over the 
Tigers with three quick wins of 
25-7, 25-11 and 25-21 in a third 
set that showcased many of the 
CLU bench players. 

After being announced as 
the all-time aces leader for Cal 
Lutheran, Plante-Newman went 
on to score four more aces in the 
Occidental contest. 

Lindsey Benson and Kerr 
also served well in the match, 
notching three and two service 
aces respectively. 

Twelve different Regals posted 
kills in the win, with Kerr racking 
up nine of them. 

CLU libero Elicia Hildreth 
contributed 11 digs versus 
Occidental, making that her 
10 ,h consecutive double-digit 

Lindsey Benson posted 22 
assists in the game, earning her 
the fourth spot in the record 
books for career assists. 

"We need to look at all of our 
games as opportunities and 
try to get better every game," 
McWhirk said. "Looking ahead, 
our season goal is to become this 
year's SCIAC champions and I 
really believe we can." 

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October 1,2008 

Regals write off Whittier 

By Krystle Van Deusen 
Echo Staff Writer 

The women's soccer team pulled 
out its first conference win at 
Whittier College on Wednesday 

The Regals scored early in the 
match to take a 1-0 lead and 
picked up a 2-0 victory against 
the Poets. 

Cal Lutheran hosted a non- 
conference match against Cal State 
East Bay on Sunday ending with a 
scoreless tie, putting their overall 
record to 3-3-2. Cal Lutheran will 
continue with its conference play 
against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 
College today at 4 p.m. 

"We were really looking for 
our first conference win against 
Whittier," said Senior Marisa 
Zambetti. "So really this was an 
exciting game for us." 

The Regals came out strong early 
in the first half when freshman 
Rosemarie Lombardi scored a 
goal in the first 12 minutes of 

CLU went into the second 
half with a 1-0 lead against the 
Poets but wasn't able to take a 
breath of relief. The Poets gained 
momentum drawing two back 
to back corner kicks, making the 
Regals a little worried. 

With seven minutes to go in the 
match, Zambetti got a breakaway 
from the halfway line and booted 
a shot from 18 yards out, sinking 
the ball in the back of the net. 
With an insurance goal, CLU 
finally got to relax. 

Laura Brain kicks the ball back into play after blocking a goal 

The match ended with a 2- 
victory for the Regals. CLU 
racked up 17 shots while the 
Poets just had 5 shots. On CLU's 
home field on Sunday, the Regals 

fought through a 110 minute 0-0 
tie against the East Bay Pioneers. 
"Every game we're getting better 
and better," Senior Jen LaMoure 
said. "It^s good to come out with 

Photo by Scott Chisholm 

at least a tie." 

Jessica Dingman, Sam Van 
Gorder, Alyssa Harris, Jen 
LaMoure and Jennifer Jones 
make up the defensive line and 

contributed to the shutout. 
Goalkeeper Kristin Borzi helped 
keep the Pioneers score down 
with nine saves. 

In the first half of the match 
both teams were having trouble 
getting started. They each were 
working hard to get an early lead, 
but neither team was successful. 
The Regals had a few early 
crossing opportunities, but were 
unable to capitalize. 

In the second half of the 
match there were many offensive 
opportunities for both teams. 
After 85 minutes of play, Borzi 
made a tremendous save keeping 
the score tied and sending them 
into overtime. 

"I blocked the shot and it 
bounced out for a rebound," 
Borzi said. "I put out all that 
effort to block the shot; I thought 
to myself* I have to get the 
rebound too." 

The Regals dominated in 
overtime, winning the majority 
of the balls in the air. Although, 
even with their dominant play, 
the Regals were unable to sink 
one in the back of the net. 

The Pioneers had 16 attempted 
shots while the Regals had 12. 

This is the second scoreless 
tie for the Regals this season. 
CLU is 1-1-1 in SCIAC and will 
continue conference play against 

"Claremont will be our first 
big test," LaMoure said. "If we all 
come ready to play, we should be 

It's always Summer at CLU 


Features Editor 

Everything happens for a reason, 
or so thinks senior outside hitter 
Summer Plante-Newman. 

After not receiving an invitation 
to the NCAA Division III 
tournament after an 18-win 
campaign during the 2007 season, 
the Regals Volleyball team was left 
wanting more. In a December 
article in the Ventura County Star, 
Plante-Newman said she vowed to 
bring a National Championship 
to California Lutheran University. 
And in no way is she backing 
away from that statement. 

"It's not to be cocky," Plante- 
Newman said. "It's that I believe 
in my team, I believe in myself 
and I believe that in life everything 
happens for a reason." 

This idea that everything 
happens for a reason has evolved 
into the 2008 team mantra of 
"Believe." The team has "believe" 
printed onto their practice shirts 
and it helps to keep the team 
focused on what we can control, 
she said. 

The idea of a "team" has been a 
point that third-year head coach 
Kellee Roesel has emphasized 
during her time at CLU. 

"RoeseL has made it all about 
the team and it's been helpful," 

Plante-Newman said. 

"It's not about the individual 
anymore. It's about a volleyball 

Over the last two seasons, 
Plante-Newman has really 
stepped up and has become the 
undeniable leader of this 2008 
team. "She brings so much to 
this team," Roesel said. "She is 
an athlete and a half, she is a 
versatile hitter and she brings 
great leadership and calmness to 
this team." 

As a leader Plante-Newman has 
really focused on creating bonds 
and leading by example. 

"This team is amazing," Plante- 
Newman said. "We had a core of 
returnees and the freshmen and 
transfers have fit right in. It has 
become a close knit family." 

Plante-Newman knows that she 
can only control her own actions, 
but she hopes if she can stay 
calm and collected in the most 
pivotal moments of a match her 
teammates will follow suit. 

While she has always had fun 
playing volleyball, she has found 
deeper meaning during her 
career at CLU. The two biggest 
inspirations in Plante-Newman's 
life are God and her mom who 
suffers from Multiple Sclerosis. 

She has had the opportunity to 
share her faith and believes that 

nothing is possible without God. 
Before every game the Regals take 
a moment for a short prayer, "I 
ask you Lord to bless my efforts, 
today and always so all can be 
done in the honor and glory of 
your name." 

After the 2006 season Plante- 
Newman, ' who suffers from 
Narcolepsy, fell asleep on her 
right arm wrong. She woke up 
and had trouble moving her 
shoulder, elbow and wrist. 

When things didn't improve, 
she went and saw a neurologist, 
who was unable to diagnose the 
problem, but told her that she 
was never going to be able to play 
volleyball again. 

A self-proclaimed competitor 
in every aspect of life, Plante- 
Newman would not let that be 
the end. She taught herself how 
to hit left handed in her backyard. 
Eventually, Plante-Newman 

regained the use of her right arm, 
citing that she woke up one day 
and it was all better, but admits 
that training her left-arm has 
made her more versatile. 

"It's one of those things that I 
don't use all that often," she said. 
"But it is useful when the set is a 
little outside or when the block is 
set I am able to place shots with 
the left hand." 
Plante-Newman, who is 

Photo by Doug Bamett 
Summer Plante-Newman is the CLU all-time leader in aces. 

finishing her liberal studies major, 
is one of the most decorated 
volleyball players in the CLU 
volleyball history. 

During her freshman campaign 
she was selected Southern 
California Intercollegiate Athletic 
Conference freshman of the year, 
All-SCIAC second team ■ and 
was named All-Western Region 
honorable mention. 

In her sophomore season she 
was selected All-SCIAC first team 
and received the Regal Award, 
given to the person who best 
exemplifies the principles of CLU 

Her junior year was more of 
the same. She was selected to All 
SCIAC first team, All-Western 
Region first team, All-American 
honorable mention, Ventura 
County female athlete of the year, 
and CLU volleyball MVP. 

As of Sept. 28, Plante-Newman 
ranked third in career kills 1,008, 
seventh in digs with 866 and first 
in service aces with 141. After her 
collegiate career Plante-Newman 
may venture out on to the beach 
to be apart of the AVP tour. 

"I love [beach volleyball]; it is 
totally different than the indoor 
game " she said. 

The Echo 

California Lutheran University 

Volume 52, Number 4 

October 8, 2008 

Tournees launches tour of France 

French film festi- 
val tours France 
for five weeks 

By Dana Blackburn 

Echo Staff Writer 

A showing of the French film 
"Les Choristes" kicked off the 
beginning of The Tournees 
Festival: New French Films on the 
California Lutheran University 
Campus last week. 

This year's festival will consist 
of five well-known French film 
screenings. One film will be 
shown each Wednesday during 
October at 7 p.m. in the Preus- 
Brandt Forum. Admission 
is free and students, faculty 
and surrounding communit 
members are invited to join in the 
festival. All films are subtided for 
non-French speaking audience 

The festivals opening film, "Les 
Choristes (The Chorus)" tells 
the story of Clement Mathieu, a 
music professor who takes on the 
challenging yet rewarding position 
as a teacher at a boarding school 
for "problematic boys." This 2004 
film explores the tribulations and 
obstacles that confront Mathieu 

Viewers of all ages attended the opening night screening of "Les Choristes" at The Tournees Festival. 

troubled young men 
about the universal happiness and 
understanding that music can 

In 2005 "Les Choristes" was 
nominated for two Academy 
Awards and won two C£sar 
Awards (French equivalent of an 
Oscar) for Best Music Written for 
a Film, and Best Sound. 

The festival is a great resource 
for sharing French culture on the 
CLU campus. "This is a wonderful 
opportunity for students and for 

the surrounding community -to 
come to the CLU campus and 
enjoy French culture," said Lisa 
Loberg, French instructor and 
study abroad director. 

Dr. Karen Renick, French 
department chair, explained 
that the films will give viewers 
an opportunity to learn about 
French history, political science, 
music and diversity. 

The French Club will actively 
participate in The Tournees 

"I am really excited about it 
because I think a lot of the time 
students don't know about the 
French club and its different 
activities. This is one way to 
show them the culture and find 
out about French films," said 
Christina Aamodt, senior at CLU 
and member of the French Club. 

"Fauteuils d'orchestre (Avenue 
Montaigne)" will be shown Oct. 
8th, the film tells the story of 
a young woman who arrives in 
Paris and becomes acquainted 

with the "luxuries" of life through 
a few of Paris' wealthy inhabitants 
while working as a waitress. 

"Un Long dimanche de 
fiancailles (A Very Long 
Engagement)" will be screened 
on October 15. Set near the end 
of World War I this film tells 
the story of a determined young 
woman searching for her missing 

On Oct. 22, "Bamako" will be 
shown. This 2006 film tells the 
story of a couple's turbulent 
life in a courtyard where a trial 
court has been set up concerning 
Africa's despair. 

"La Mdme (La Vie En Rose)" 
will screen on Oct. 29. The film is 
centered on the life and love affair 
of the "Little Sparrow", Edith Piaf. 

The Tournees Film Festival has 
been made possible at CLU for the 
second year in a row through the 
support of the Cultural Services 
of The French Embassy and 
The French Ministry of Culture. 
The festival is sponsored by The 
Grand Marnier Foundation, The 
Florence Gould Foundation, 
Highbrow Entertainment, Anges 
B.* and The Franco-American 
Cultural Fund. 

Fora'dditional information about 
The Tournees Festival contact 
Renick at (805) 493-3434 or visit 

Hazing allegations hit CLU sports 

Two men's water 
polo players re- 
moved from team 

By Kelsey Bonesteel 

Echo Staff Writer 

The roster of California 
Lutheran University's men's 
water polo team now has two 
fewer names on it as of this 
month due to a serious violation 
of team policy. 

Similar situations on college 
sports team across the country 

have been increasing in 
numbers as players often engage 
in unethical initiation rituals 
and' unsportsmanlike conduct 
that result in their termination 
from the team. 

Such initiation rituals were 
the cause of these two senior 
players being removed from 
men's water polo team. 

While no evidence has been 
recorded to suggest "hazing," 
there was a violation of the 
departmental expectations and 
regulations which resulted in 
two senior players, Billy Doherty 
and Brian Condron, being 
removed from the California 

Lutheran University's men's 
water polo team. 

"It is not clear in any way that 
this was initiation or hazing 

of any kind," Dan Kuntz, 

"it [the incident] was dealt 
with very sternly, inter- 
nally and publicly." 

— Dan Kuntz 

director of athletics said. 
"The expectations of the 
department were violated and 
the expectations of the teams 

were not met." 

"As a result, those individuals 
that were involved were 
punished and disciplined per 
guidelines that are set." 

Some factors of the situation 
were reported to be blown out 
of proportion. 

"The decisions made by 
the faculty were very hastily 
made and there was little 
consideration of questioning 
witnesses," Doherty said. 

Hazing falls under the umbrella 
of the violation of department 
and team expectations, though 
in this circumstance no specific 
violation has occurred. 

This is not the first incident 
of a hazing allegation with the 
Men's water polo team. 

Two years ago there was 
an incident with the men's 
team, that resulted in harsh 
punishment from the 


"It was dealt with very sternly, 
internally and publicly," said 

Under guidance of head coach 
Craig Rond, members of the 
team distributed flyers at the 
flagpole on the affects of hazing 
in collegiate sports. 

Allegations continued; 2 

Two new 
two cohesive 

Page 5 

Regals vol- 
leyball pow- 
ers through 

Page 10 

Water Polo 
prepares for 

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The Echo 

California Lutheran University 

Page 2 

October 8, 2008 

Speakers explains diversity of sexuality 

Rev. discusses re- 
ligious defense of 
marriage equality 

By Amanda Lovett 

Echo Staff Writer 

Gay marriage and equality for 
all was the topic of discussion at 
the Inaugural Peace Lecture by 
the Rev. Dr. Marvin M. Ellison, 
professor of Christian Ethics 
at Bangor Theology seminary, 
Friday in Samuelson Chapel. 

The event was held in honor of 
James Henry Dekker, a California 
Lutheran University alumnus 
and Ventura community service 
man whose passion for peace 
and justice lives on through the 
education of others. 

The event was sponsored by 
the Center for Equality and 
Justice on campus and led by Dr. 
Gregory Freeland, professor of 
political science. 

"[The most important 
message he conveyed] was the 
equality of all sexual, race, class, 
religions and how ultimately 
we are all one," Freeland said. 
"Discrimination of anyone is not 

The Rev. Dr. June C. Goudey, 

pastor of the United Church 
of Christ in Simi Valley and 
former colleague of Ellison at 
Bangor Theological Seminary, 
introduced Ellison at the podium 
and spoke of Ellison's credentials 
as a reverend and his passion for 

"I knew he would be the 
right person [to talk about this 
particular issue] because of his 

"[The most important 
message he conveyed] was 
the equality of all sexual- 
ity, race, class, religions 
and how ultimately we are 
all one." 
— Dr. Gregory Freeland 

long standing involvement with 
ethical sexuality and issues of 
justice," Goudey said. 

Ellison described marriage 
as an evolving institution, 
subject to change that it should 
change in moral perception to 
respecting each other, honoring 
and protecting human rights; 
and also posed the question as 
to how the freedom to marry 
should be supported. 

He defined the word "marriage" 
as a covenanted union of 
two persons as committed 
life partners with three goals: 

companionship, economic 

sharing and the nurturing of 

In denying gays, lesbians, 
bisexuals and transgender 
persons the right to marry, 
Ellison said "we fail to recognize 
them as human beings." 

"Being gay is not one way to be 
human" he said. "It's a good way 
to be human." 

He talked about heterosexual 
exclusion and the diversity of 
sexuality, and that the ethical 
focus should not be about who 
you are, but how you live your 
life. The importance is the 
"character and conduct, not the 

Ellison brought up the issue of 
gay marriage according to the 

"I accept the freedom of same 
sex couples (to marry] because I 
take the Bible seriously," he said, 
stating that the Bible gives all 
people a genuine blessing and 
the movement of God's spirit 
accepts all people, not based on 
gender, but by character. 

"Celebrating our common 
humanity requires us to make 
an odd, 'queer,' turn to accept 
equality," he said. "Embrace the 
queer agenda," for total reunion 
of life together as a community. 

Proposition 8 in the upcoming 

Allegations in 
CLU sports 

(Continued from page 1) 

Sports initiation, known as 
hazing, is a very serious offense 
in the world of college sports. 

"Hazing is any activity 
expected of someone joining 
or participating in a group that 
humiliates, degrades, abuses, 
or endangers them regardless 
of a person's willingness to 
participate," Kuntz said. 

This practice is not only 
limited to sports, but various 
clubs and organizations 
participate as well. 

"Hazing is a very serious 
matter, it can be very dangerous 
and even fatal," Doherty said. 

This should not be assumed as 
the reason the CLU men's water 
polo players were dismissed. 

"The student athletes violated 
departmental expectations, part 
of those expectations include 
things like drinking, hazing 
and initiating. As a result of 
that they were disciplined," 
Kuntz said. 

"You will have incidents with 
people who have bad judgment, 
in a variety of different ways 

and you deal with those to be 
fair in the guidelines that "are 
provided," Kuntz said. 

"You want to treat the 
students with fairness and yet 
within the rules and guidelines 
of the institution and the 
departments that are involved." 

"Whenever you lose 
somebody that has been 
around that long and has 
given so much.'re going 
to feel the loss. " 

— Craig Rond 

Losing two senior players 
will mean there will be some 
re-adjusting for this year's 
team and will obviously cause 
some strain. 

Fortunately, so early in the 
season, a set structure has yet 
to be defined so the team will 
most likely be able to recover 
from the loss. 

"Whenever you lose somebody 
that has been around that long 
and has given so much to a 
program, you're going to feel 

the loss," Craig Rond, associate 
aquatics director and men's 
water polo coach said. 

"Immediately it was a sad day 
for everyone in the program 
and the department." 

Although the term hazing has 
been used on the "lu vine," the 
athletics department and the 
team coaches will not use the 
word to describe the athlete's 
actions for dismissal, rather 
they refer to this specific 
incident as a violation of team 

According to Kuntz 

both students violated the 
regulations set out by the 
athletic department and the 
water polo coaches. 

"There are clearly stated 
department expectations, team 
rules and regulation that were 
clearly stated to the student 
athletes as they came in," Kuntz 

"There were sanctions taken 
against these athletes and 
others who participated, and 
those have all been fulfilled." 

general election was a major 
subject of the speech, as were 
references to a Massachusetts 
organized coalition that 

proposed the same idea to ban 
the right of gay marriage. 

Ellison further tackled the 
question of polygamy and 
incest in the rights for all 
people to marry, as brought up 
by a question at the end of his 

"Ethics is like art; where do 
you draw the lines.. -.and why?" 
Ellison said. 

He then said that polygamy 
and incestual marriage are issues 
that will need to be addressed 

The last point that Ellison 
mentioned was that many people 
believe homosexuals try to mimic 
the actions and bonding intimacy 
of heterosexuals, but that in 
reality, it is reversed. He stated 
that in order to join mainstream 
society, heterosexuals tend to act 

"very queer" in their bonding 

"I thought the most interesting 
point was the last one he made, 
that the majority is exactly like 
the minority," said Missy Bain, 
coordinator of the event and 

"Being gay is not one 
way to be human," he 
said. "It's a good way to 
be human." 

— Dr. Marvin Ellison 

member of the Democrats on 
campus. "It really opened my 

"It surprised and pleased me 
how many people are ready to 
talk. Not all agree, but aren't 
fearful of discussing this 
controversial issue," Ellison 
said after the speech. "Who ever 
thought marriage was going to 
be such a loaded topic?" 

What does this sign 


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experience at CLU. 

It means the person who posted this sign 

is ready and willing to talk to you about a 

negative experience related to your race, 

ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, 

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It means your conversation will be 

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Mock presidential debate heats up 

By Jennifer Tholse 
Echo Staff Writer 

Freshmen students took part in 
a mock presidential debate where 
they were put into the roles of 
leaders last Friday. 

It was a political debate held at 
California Lutheran University 
in the Preus-Brandt Forum. The 
room was filled with students 
and faculty interested in getting 
clarifications and information for 
the election on Nov. 4. 

Juanita Hall, director for the 
multicultural and international 
programs, thought the campaign 
was a success. She was happy to see 
so many students attending and 
being interested in learning more. 

"I think it's so important to have 
debates like this and talk about 
these important issues," Hall said. 
"I hope we will have more, and I 
wish this will lead to more student 
engagement. I hope the students 
will now look af the real debates 
between Obama and McCain on 

The debate, moderated by senior 
Andrew Brown, covered questions 
about the war, the economy and 
what each candidate can bring to 
this country. 

Sophomores Austin Young and 
Ben Martinez from the Republican 
club represented Sen. John 

McCain and sophomore Grant 
Berg and senior Missy Bain 
from the Democrat club, who 
were representing Sen. Barack 

Young thought the debate 
was a success and was happy to 
menfion thai everything was real 
and nothing skewed. 

"Both sides were pretty equal 
on points, I he audience got 
a pretty good sense of what 
the two candidates stand for 
instead of all un-important and 
unrelated issues that the media 
constantly brings up. We were 
able to make people listen and 
actually consider the Republican 
Party," Young said. 

Martinez, the president of the 
Republican club, agreed with his 
component and was pleased that 
everyone was so excited. 

He explained that he has always 
been interested in politics. 
"There are a lot of changes that 
need to happen and I have always 
been interested in listening to 
opposing views to decide what's 
best for me," Martinez said. 

He explained that the reason 
for him choosing to support 
McCain is the idea of a smaller 
government and freedom for the 

The speakers for the Democrat 
party focused on the fact that 
Obama is against the war, will 

cut taxes and on his plan for 
immigration reform. 

The plan includes more 
security at the borders, 
minimizing employers who hire 
undocumented immigrants 

and giving the undocumented 
immigrants that already are in 
the U.S. a chance to become legal 

Bain, president of the Democrat 
club, thought the debate went 
really well and was pleased with 
the response from the audience. 

"It is good to have debates like 
this, we should have more," she 

Berg, vice president of the club 
agreed, as he added that it sparked 

"This was my first debate and it 
was a great experience," he said. 

Bain also explained that the 
Democrat club meets a few times 
each week and has several events 
including helping students to 
register to vote. 

Most students appreciated the 
debate and are looking forward 
to experienceing more, especially 
as the presidential election comes 

"I thought that the interaction 
between the two clubs was 
handled well," senior Kayla 
Barnett said. "And it is now easier 
to understand after hearing both 

Photo by Rachel Wolf 
Students debate presidential politics in Preus-Brandt Forum. 

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October 8, 2008 

Around the Campus 

October 8 

October 9 



October 10 



October 1 1 


5:30 p.m. Lundring Event Center 

The Tournees Festival: 
Fauteuils d' orchestre 

7 p.m. Preus-Brandt Forum 

Borderline: Guys and Dolls 

10 p.m. Borderline Bar and Grill 

Homecoming Coronation 

8 p.m. Lundring Events Center 

American Scandinavian 
Foundation Lecture Series 

7:30 p.m. Roth Nelson Room 

Homecoming Carnival 

9 p.m. to Midnight 
Memorial Parkway 

Kingsmen Football Game vs. 
Pomona Pitzer 

1 p.m. Mt. Clef Stadium 

Homecoming Dance 

8 p.m. to Midnight 
Cinespace, Hollywood 



October 12 



October 13 



October 14 

Next week on campus 

Homecoming Choral Concert 

2 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

Beijing Opera 

7 p.m. Preus-Brandt Forum 

Understanding China's 

Turbulent 20th Century 

4:30 p.m. Roth Nelson Room 


Reel Justice Documentary 

Series: Who Killed the 

Electric Car? 

5:30 p.m. SUB 

(805) 777-7883 

398 N. Moorpark Rd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 
(In the Best Buy plaza, next to Ross) 

Stuft Mondays - $4 Cheese Stuft Stix (6 p.m. - close) 
Fat Tuesdays - $2 Chicken Taeos, .^O cent wings (6 p.m. - close) 

CLU Thursdays - 15% off with college I.D. (6 p.m. - close) 

Kingsmen Saturdays - 20% off all pizzas (all day, dine-in only) 

Drink and food specials cvcrix day (5 - 6 p.m.) 

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7. an animal with a long stout that feeds on ants 
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8. a major South American river 

9. A slow-moving animal that likes to hang from 
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I I . the layer of the rain forest just below the 
emergent layer, it is home to many animals. 

1? th > ' ' * f +he rain forest 




2. a tropical tree 

3. a dark level of the rain forest, with many vines, 
under the canopy. 

4. a very large snake that squeezes its prey 

5. the highest level of the rain forest 

6. a monkey of tropical South American forests 
having a loud howling cry 

10. a tropical bird with a large brightly colored 


California Lutheran University 

P ■ The Echo 


October 8, 2008 

Page 5 

Two presidents with two visions 

President Kimball 
has outlined his vi- 
sion and is making it 

By Elicia Hildreth 
Echo Staff Writer 

California Lutheran University stands by 
a mission to educate leaders for a global 
society who are strong in character and 
judgment, confident in their identity and 
vocation and committed to service and 
justice. University president, Dr. Chris 
Kimball, strongly encourages students and 
the faculty to live out this mission. 

As a graduate from McGill University 
in Canada, Kimball studied history. After 
earning his degree he took five years off to 
work, but then he went to the University of 
Chicago where he obtained two graduate 
degrees in history. 

As CLU's provost for two years, Kimball 
had a vision for Cal Lutheran and decided 
then that he wanted to be president. 

"I wanted to be president because Cal 
Lutheran is a great university. I love the 
people, the location, and especially the 
mission," he said. 

Kimball knows that it takes many hours 
on and off campus to get the job done. He 
expressed, as a weakness, he often has so 
much to do and such little time to do it. 

"As president you are the chief story teller 
for the university," Kimball said. "You have 
to be ready to tell about the good stuff Cal 
Lu is doing in order to inspire people to 
give resources." 

He sees this university growing bigger, 
, but not too much because he likes the 
"family feel." Kimball has worked with 
other administrators and the Board of 
Regents to develop a strategic plan that 
calls for a new building for the arts, a new 
cafeteria and a new student center. 

He wants CLU to become a first-rate 
liberal arts university for undergraduates 
and he wants the university to be state-of- 
the-art for graduates. 

"I want to see Cal Lutheran as the 
number one outstanding school for the 
west" said Kimball. 

The president understands that the 
country is facing economic issues but he 
still wants to keep the university accessible 

ASCLU-G president 
wants to be the voice 
of the students 

Photo by Doug Barnett 
Andrew Brown (left) and Dr. Chris Kimball converse in the Presidents Conference Room. 

and affordable. Since CLU is a private 
university, the students' tuition pays for 
the facilities, the faculty and maintains the 

"I want this university to be a first-class 
education with a first-class facility," Kimball 
said. "I want the school to constantly be 
improving. As president it's my mission 
to continue to stay close and true to the 
mission and to not lose track of the core 

Another area of importance to Kimball is 
having a great relationship with the students. 
He even has a Facebook so if students can't 
get in touch with him at school, they can still 
have a way of contacting their president. 

"I hope that the students know that if they 
have concerns, complaints or compliments 
they can always come to my office or e-mail 
me," Kimball said. "I am here to serve the 

Although he has only been president for 
six months, he is ready to carry out the 
university's mission. 

"I want to see greater focus on high 
quality academics. I want to hire only the 
best faculty. I believe in the mission for 
Cal Lutheran and I want to work hard to 
articulate it," Kimball said. 

CLU is a young university that has 
continued to grow and improve every 

"Our 50th anniversary is coming and 
I want to make that an opportunity to 
remember what happened in between 
then and now," Kimball said. "I want Cal 
Lu to continue moving forward, and I 
want the next 50 years to be even better." 

By Elicia Hildreth 
Echo Staff Writer 

California Lutheran University is 
privileged to have two new presidents. Both 
presidents were inducted late last spring. 
Dr. Chris Kimball is the new university 
president and Andrew Brown is the new 
associated student body president. 

Brown had many qualifications for the 
job, but none of them are as important 
as his longing to be a strong voice for the 

"I am here for the students," he said. "I am 
also here to learn. I want to be the face and 
voice for the students." 

As a senior. Brown +ias~ plans for taking i 
Cal Lutheran to new heights. 

"CLU is on the brink of becoming a 
promising university," he said. "We, as 
a school have come so far and 1 want to 
continue building a foundation for this 

Brown has a passion for politics and 
wants to encourage the student body to get ' 
more involved. 

"I want the students to become more 
knowledgeable of world issues and become 
more aware of how their lives are going to 
be affected." 

Brown has the privilege of sitting and 
voting with the Board of Regents. With his 
new leadership position he wants to deliver 
a strong message to them about what CLU 
students are facing. 

"I want to raise awareness on issues. I 
want to enhance students' money, and 
make sure it is spent the best way possible," 
Brown said. 

As the new ASCLU-G president, Brown 
wants the students to know that he wants 
to see them succeed at CLU. 

"If anything, I love CLU. I have had a great 
time here and at the very least I want the 
same experiences I had for other students," 
he said. "Also, if I could stress anything it 
would be to take advantage of what CLU 
offers and to enjoy the journey of the next 
years to come." 

California Lutheran University and 

French American Cultural Exchange 

invites you to enjoy 

Every Wednesday in October @ 7p.m. 

Preus-Brandt Forum 

Adjacent to Pearson Library. 


California Lutheran University 

Candice Cerro 

Margaret Nolan 

Scott Beebe 

Trace Ronning 

Matt Kufeld 

Carly Robertson 

Doug Barnett 



Alisse Gregson 

Josh Moskowitz 

Dr. Steve Ames 

Jennifer Hammond 
Chelsea Jensen 
Laura Kearns" 

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October 8, 2008 

is back at CLU 

By Aaron Hilf 

Echo Staff Write 

For one o\ California Lutheran University's 
oldest traditions, students on campus prepare 
for a week o\ festivities, while others reflect on 
the histor) offiomecoming. 

The event began as a way lor universities to bring 
alumni back to campus to revisit their roots. 

Homecoming began with the greater access 
to higher education in the early l^tfa century," 
said Dr. Miehaela Reaves, associate professor 
of histor) and a CLU alumnus. "Th is^r ea' 
access to education created more alumm ixom 
universities, showing the need for a welcome 
back week on campuses around the country." 

As the years progressed, some 
of the more traditional aspects 
of homecoming have stopped 
happening, while a few aspects 
have continued to be a part of the 
1 One of the most * noticeable 
' changes over recent years is 'that 
homecoming is no longer a week- 
long; it has been condensed into a 

"Homecoming has changed 
some, but a lot of traditions are 
still woven into it," said Sally 
Sagen, assistant director of 
student life and CLU graduate. 
"I loved the bonfires in Kingsmen 
Park that took place during the 

One of the most remembered 
traditions at CLU was the 
homecoming parade that took 
place on Memorial Parkway. 
This tradition is remembered by 
pictures within the Student Life 

With the help of Lauren 
Anderson, student leadership 
and programs intern, Amanda 
Whealon and other staff 
members have been working to 
revamp homecoming with more 
traditional CLU activities. 

"We've been working on trying 
to bring back old traditions for 
homecoming," Whealon said, 
"But we've also wanted to keep 
the idea of homecoming fresh 
and modern so students look 
forward to it and have fun with 

One tradition that has not 
changed much over the years is 
the coronation. As one of the 
longest standing CLU traditions, 
coronation has been associated 
with homecoming for years. 

The nomination of Sue Hope 
in 1964 marked the first selection 
of a homecoming queen in CLU 
As a way for students to 
J nominate one another for the 
homecoming court, coronation 

has remained fairly unchanged 
over time. 

In the past, coronation has also 
helped bring back alumni to the 
campus as Master of Ceremonies 
of the event or just as guests 
reminiscing about their days here 
at CLU. 

The process of electing the 
homecoming court has been a 
student selected program for 
many years. Sagen said that those 
who are nominated for the court 
exemplify what CLU stands for 
and can be used as campus-wide 

"The kings and queens were 
always based on who they were as 
people and their commitment to 
the university," Reaves said. "Not 
really on their looks." 

While the idea of coronation has 
remained the same over the years, 
many aspects have changed. 

The most noticeable change 
to coronation occurred in 1979 
when CLU crowned its first 
homecoming king. Until that 
year there had only ever been 

Reaves says that this addition 
was in response to the women's 
movement of the 60s and 70s 
as a way for men and women to 
be equally represented during 
homecoming and to show that 
women should not be shown 
just as good looking queens of 

Homecoming is also 

synonymous with football. 

"Historically, you cannot have 
homecoming without football," 
Reaves said. 

The first homecoming football 
game is claimed to have been 
started by Baylor University who 
played Texas Christian University 
in the early 1900s. 

With next year marking 
the 50th anniversary of CLU, 
Whealon hopes to help revitalize 
school spirit among the students 

and make homecoming a 

Photos courtesy of Miehaela Reaves 

In previous years, the Kingsman led the team onto Mt. Clef Stadium. 

Homecoming Weekend 

This weekend marks California Lutheran University's annual 
Homecoming and Family weekend. 

Thursday, Oct. 9: 8:00 p.m. Homecoming Coronation in the Lun- 
dring Events Center. 

Friday, Oct. 10: 9 p.m. - midnight Homecoming Carnival on Memo- 
rial Parkway. 

Saturday, Oct. 11: 1 p.m. Homecoming Football Game vs. Pomona- 
Pitzer at Mt. Clef Stadium 

Saturday, Oct. 11:8 p.m. - midnight Homecoming Dance at Cine- 
space in Hollywood 
Sunday, Oct. 12: 10 a.m. Worship in Samuelson Chapel 

reflection of the past, yet continue interests of the current CLU 
to incorporate new ideas for the students. 





Ana Garcia 

Carrie Kelley 

Fina Lopez 

Roberta Gaugert 

Jon-Erik Livingston 

Kareem Rivas 

Kyle Hansen 

Landon Smith 

October 8, 2008 


Page 7 

'Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist' 

A playlist of infinite laughs on a journey through NYC 

Music is what shapes our lives. It helps us make 
friends and it gets us through those tough times in 

"Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" directed by 
Pete Sollett, takes us on a musical trip through 
relationships and love. 

In the movie, Nick (Michael Cera) and Norah (Kat 
Dennings), are two strangers 
that meet because of their love 
for a famous Indie rock band, 
'Where's Fluffy', who is having 
a surprise concert. 

Cera is known for his 
comedic roles in blockbuster 
hits such as "Juno" and 
"Superbad." In "Nick and 
Norah's Infinite Playlist," he 
once again brings his signature 
style to cinematography. 

The film is a journey through 
New York in search of an Indie 
rock band. This journey sets 
the stage for the budding 
relationship between Nick and 

The journey begins when 
Nick and his two friends, 
who play in a band called the 
'Jerk Offs,' are scheduled to 
play a gig at a local club in 
downtown New York. 

Nick and Norah meet because of a conversation 
between his ex-girlfriend and Norah. 

Then, Norah asks Nick for a favor: she wants him 
to pretend to be her temporary boyfriend, in order 
to make the lie she told plausible. When Norah 
kisses Nick, his ex-girlfriend Tris (Alexis Dziena) 
becomes jealous and puts Nick in the middle of an 

"It's a must see!" 

By Scott Beebe 

awkward situation. 

With the help of Norah's drunk friend Caroline 
(Ari Grynor) he realizes what to do in the situation. 
He chooses to help Norah take Caroline home and 
leaves Tris at the club with the realization that their 
relationship is over and she can no longer hurt him. 
But when Nick's two friends offer to take Caroline 
home, instead so that Nick 
and Norah can hang out and 
get to know each other, the 
movie takes a turn. 

Their journey through the 
streets of New York, which 
starts out with thier mutual 
love for the band 'Where's 
Fluffy', and develops into a 
love between two unlikely 

When Nick and Norah are 
driving through the city, going 
to club after club, there is the 
sense of the awkward first date 
atmosphere between them. 

Not until two loveable 
strangers mistake Nick's 
yellow Yugo car for a taxi are 
they able to open up and enjoy 
their time together. 

Also, when Nick's friends 

lose Caroline Nick and Norah's 

friendship begins to develop. 

"Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" is an enjoyable 

movie with lots of laughs. It has a few slow moments, 

but all in all it's a must-see fall film. 

This is a story filled with laughs, love and lots 
of great music. The audience walks away with the 
feeling that as long as you follow your heart, good 
things will happen. 


Choral Concert 

Sunday, October 12,2008 
2:00 pm 
Samuelson Chapel 

Women's Chorale 
CLU Choir 

Wyant Morton, Conductor 

In keeping with tradition, the CLU Choral 
Ensembles will present one of their hallmark 
concerts featuring an eclectic program of exciting 
and unusual works. 

Donations accepted 
(805) 493-3306 

The 2008-2009 concert calendar for the CLU Music 
Department can be found at 


California Lutheran 



What homecoming traditions are 
you most looking forward to?" 

Tm excited for the 

-Senior, Matthew 
"Catfish" Hunter 

"The coronation 
because my friend is 
on the court and I'm 
excited to see her." 

-Freshman, Briana 

"The dance. It's 
always fun to go crazy 
with your classmates." 

-Sophomore, Stephanie 



"The carnival because 
I like to rescue the 
goldfish and have 
them live in cute little 
bowls in my house." 

-Junior, Jackie Whitson 

'The game." 

-Senior, Shannon Pesta 

California Lutheran University 


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October 8, 2008 

CLU students take political action 

By Kristin Gilman 
Echo Staff Writer 

California Lutheran University 
embraces political activism and 
encourages its students to be 
educated and proactive during 
this crucial turning point for 
bur country. 

Not only is the entire country 
brewing with political chatter, 
but I am proud to say that CLU 
has caught the political bug 

as well. I cannot express how 
pleased I am to hear students 
conversing with their peers 
about the upcoming election. I 
am even more excited that CLU 
is encouraging these kinds of 
conversations by sponsoring 
political based events and 
making CLU a positive, safe 
place to discuss our viewpoints. 

As I sat in chapel last 
Wednesday, I was surprised to 
hear the guest speaker take a 
daring turn toward politics. I 
glanced around the room and 
scanned the numerous faces of 
professors, faculty and students 
for enraged reactions, but saw 
none. The speaker did not 
rally for one candidate or for 
the other, but merely spoke on 
doing justice and encouraging 
people to think about the 
importance of this election. 

Our university encourages 
its students to approach 
these political issues with an 
informed opinion. CLU makes 
a specific effort to do this 
through promoting events like 
projecting the vice presidential 

debates in the Preus-Brandt 
Forum. Our own KCLU-FM 
radio station has also received 
awards for its outstanding 
election coverage. 

The event I am most excited 
about is the upcoming concert, 
Rock the Vote. This concert is 
going to feature some extremely 
special bands and offer students 
an entertaining experience. But 
do not forget the message: get 
out there and vote, educate 
yourself on the issues, and make 
a difference. 

As students at CLU, we are 
challenged to think about the 
important issues facing society. 

The upcoming elections are 
going to cause a major shift 
in how our country is run. It 
is heartening that CLU does 
not shy away from political 
conversations because of the 
risk of conflict or disagreement. 

The youth vote has seemed 
to be on the decline in the past 
couple years, but in 2008 there 
were more than three million 
new registered voters. 

This sends a clear message: we 

are concerned with the issues at 
hand and we have something to 
say about it. 

I am not looking to choose a 
side and rally behind it in this 
article I am simply expressing 
the importance of being 
informed and educated on the 
issues that can shape your life. 

Once you are knowledgeable 
enough to form an opinion, you 
should support it, stand up and 
let people know about it. 

We must choose to partake 
in the events that will directly 
affect our lives. 

I am swollen with pride that 
CLU values these political 
discussions and encourages 
its students to be informed 
about the issues. CLU promotes 
involvement through its actions 
of supporting events that 
are based around sparking 
conversations about the 
upcoming election. 

We have established the 
university as a place of educate^ 
opinions and outspoken 
attitudes. We all have something 
to say, so let's hear it. 

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Campaigners connect to younger generation 

By Jordan Ott 
Echo Staff Writer 

"It's definitely going to be an 
exciting conclusion. As I see 
it right now it could go either 
way," said Trevor Davidson 
(fifth year senior) as he looked 
up the latest presidential info 
on his mobile phone. 

"Seeing other students get 
excited about the election 
makes me get excited about the 

As a third year transfer 
student at California Lutheran 
University, Davidson is 
passionate about the upcoming 
presidential election, which is 
more than he could have said 
years ago. 

Hopes for change are just 
weeks away and CLU isn't the 
only young crowd enthusiastic 
about the 2008 presidential 

Voters between the ages of 18 
and 25 are being targeted by 
campaigners using new media 
such as cell phones and PDA's 
to recruit voters. 

Let's face it, for most college 
students, living without their 
cell phones isn't even an 

Up-to-the-minute campaign 
information via text message 
provides the candidates of 2008 
with much closer connections 
to their young supporters. 

With these new mediums, 
politicians can take advantage 
of these outlets in order to have 
a greater chance at winning. 

"The Internet has ac- 
celerated the [voting] 
trend, giving young peo- 
ple a cheap and efficient 
tool to organize rallies, 
recruit volunteers and 
exchange information 
about candidates." 

— Susan Milligan 
The Boston Globe 

Susan Milligan of The Boston 
Globe, has been following this 
youth-voting epidemic since 
2007. In a recent article, she 
explains how "the Internet has 
accelerated the [voting] trend, 
giving young people a cheap 
and efficient tool to organize 
rallies, recruit volunteers and 
exchange information about 

Young adults are beginning 
to realize that they are part of 

the largest political movement 
in history. These young adults 
portray the validity of how 
today's new media is taking 
the election and its younger 
generation by storm. 

Being in college now for my 
fourth year, I have learned a 
lot about the ways in which 
campaigners try to influence 
young adults by using school 
newspapers, commercials 

and even face-to-face 


During the previous election, 
I was attending Pierce College 
in Los Angeles and found 
myself approached daily with 
people asking me to register 
to vote. 

A student could leave class 
and the second he or she lifted 
their heads, 'voting recruiters' 
were right at your side with 
all the paperwork needed to 

The combination of politics 
and technology is becoming 
more and more impressive 
every election. To think, just a 
few years ago I wouldn't have 
been able to access information 
about the elections via cell 

With digital media playing 
such a predominate role in 
this upcoming election, I am 
definitely finding myself more 
and more intrigued by how 
technology is changing our 
world as we know it. 

October 8, 2008 


Page 9 

Marriage: a fundamental right for me, not for you 

By Missy Bain 
Echo Staff Writer 

Recently, the California 
Supreme Court decided 
that it was not the law's 
place to decide which two 
consenting adults should 
and should not be able to 

It was a great day for 
Californians and it proved 
to the rest of the country 
that this issue is far from 
being given up on. 

However, some crazy, 
selfish, right-wingers 

somehow managed to get 
a proposition on the ballot 
to ban this incredible step 
forward for the American 

The proposition is 

familiar to all Californians as 
Proposition 8. 

The reasoning for presenting 
this ban * is to protect 
"traditional marriage between 
a man and a woman." 

I have no problem with those 
who believe that marriage 
should be this way, and I also 
understand where they are 
coming from and why they feel 
the way they do. 

However, 1 do not go 
around trying to impose my 
beliefs or opinions on anyone 
else through the pursuit 
of legislation, and would 
appreciate it if the favor was 

Not everyone believes the 
same thing when it comes 
to politics, religion or even 
straight down to what is 
morally right. 

But I think everyone can 
agree that in America, the land 
of the free, people should be 
treated as the equals that we 

This country is built around 
the love of freedom and the 
rights of its citizens. We have 
changed or altered past laws 
to keep up with the changing 
times and the mindsets of the 

Interracial marriage was 
once condemned and even 
illegal. People never thought 
they would see the day when 

interracial marriage was 

It was a social taboo and 
was strongly disapproved by 
the majority of citizens. 

But as slaves became freed 
and times began to change, 
so did the laws. It became 
legal to marry outside of 
one's race, and as time went 
on it became normal as well. 

No one likes to feel inferior 
or be discriminated against, 
and quite frankly it just isn't 

I think everyone can 
agree that in America, 
the land of the free, 
people should be cre- 
ated as the equals that 
we are. 

right to make people feel 
that way. And yet it is being 
done to gays and lesbians. 

We dictate their future and 
tell them that Britney Spears 
can get married in Las Vegas 
to a man only to divorce the 
next day, but they can never 
marry the person they truly 
love and respect because they 
are of the same gender. 

It is not right and it is not 
fair. What it is, though, is 
extremely discriminatory 
and terribly selfish for not 
allowing these people to 
marry who they want to 


Some people believe that 
one of the main reasons to get 
married is to procreate, and 
by allowing gay marriages, 
it would somehow hinder 
the economic development 
of this country or take away 
from that belief. 

But just because we allow 
it, does not mean that 
thousands of people are going 
to simultaneously become 
gay and never produce any 

Yes, it is true that a gay 
couple is not able to have 
children, for obvious reasons, 
but that does not necessarily 
mean that the world 
population will stop rising, 
and therefore hurt the already 
failing economy. 

Many women use 

contraceptives today and 
that stops the production of 
children. Does that mean that 
their marriage is not sufficient 
enough for you too? 

Plus, preventing gays and 
lesbians from getting married 
will not stop them from being 
gay, so whether they are 
married or not, they will not 
be producing any offspring 

Legalizing gay marriage is 
an obstacle we must overcome 
in order to keep our country 
moving forward. 

We would be nowhere today 
if we stuck to the morals 
and ideals of our past. This 
country is where it is because 
of its forward thinking and 
willingness to take risks. 

We have overcome many 
hardships and have made 
up for many mistakes made 
in the past. The next step is 
to keep this country moving 
forward and change with the 
changing times. 

It is time to accept gay 
people for who they are and 
give them the one thing they 
long for: a true marriage to 
the person they love. 

The California Supreme 
Court has already realized 
this, and I hope that all of 
California's citizens will as 

A lesbian woman said it 
best when she stated, "We are 
not seeking 'special rights.' 
We simply want the same 
rights every other American 
couple has: the right to be 
free from discrimination in 
housing and employment, 
the right to legal protection 
from harassment, and, most 
importantly, the right to 
marry whomever we choose 
and to enjoy the benefits of 

Protect the rights of every 
American; vote no on 
Proposition 8. 

Letter to the Editor 

Keep your 'change,' I have sense 

Dear Editor: 

In regards to your article 
entitled "Keep your coins, 
I want change," posted in 
the Sept. 24 edition of The 
Echo, you have the facts so 
wrong with Barack Obama 
that it is ludicrous. 

The preceding article is 
the straw that broke the 
camel's back. It is written 
in the same format that 
Barack Obama would write 
it in: pointless rhetoric and 
semantics. Where is your 
justification in any of your 

Most of the statements 
in your "laundry list" are 
practically invalid, and you 
also leave out a lot of perti- 
nent information (the typi- 
cal liberal "sweeping under 
the carpet" method). 

After reviewing this 
article with seven people 
(conservative Republicans), 
your details are reversed in 
Democratic favor. It sounds 
like you are just regurgitat- 
ing facts you hear that have 
been thought up by other 
liberals and not by you. 

The same style is evident 
in many other Echo articles 
as well. 

Let me point out a few 

things wrong with the article: 
1.) Barack Obama is not 
giving a 95 percent tax cut 
to the working middle class. 
He is enabling 95 percent of 
American taxpayers (every 
individual • earning under 
$97,500 annually) to no longer 
pay taxes, putting more stress 
on the top five percent. If you 
expect to make it big you will 
be burdened by it. This must 
be easier said and agreed with 
when you do not earn that 
much money. 

2.) You are voting for Obama 
because you value your rights. 
How are you going to vote for 
a man who turned down an Il- 
linois proposal by Jill Stanek 
that defined late-term, labor- 
induced abortion survivors as 
human beings with a right to 
live, back in 1999? If you are 
going to be a mother in the 
future, this should strike a 
cord with you. After all, he did 
make the "lipstick on a pig" 
remark, which is very sexist. 
He also fails to pay remittanc- 
es to his (destitute) brother in 
Africa, so where is the family 
value there? 

3.) You are voting for Obama 
because you're embarrassed by 
President George Bush? That 
is not a reason at all. John 
McCain is a highly-qualified 

candidtate, considering that 
he is far more qualified than 
Obama (Obama has a total 
of 143 days as Senator, Mc- 
Cain began in 1987, and even 
Palin has more than Obama) 
and actually does not agree 
90 percent with Bush. (Just 
because he is Republican 
does not mean he agrees 
nearly 90 percent with him, 
and a flat number like 90 
guarantees it as only an esti- 
mation and not a truth). 

Many people are embar- 
rassed by Bush but will still 
vote for McCain out of party 
loyalty. Show me every piece 
of legislation by McCain, 
compare it to Bush, and it 
will not be anywhere near 90 

Here is the difference 
between the two: McCain 
has never been president, 
so we don't know what he 
(or Obama) will do in of- 
fice. You failed to list the 
90 percent that made that 
statistic true. You listed 15 
paragraphs on Obama and 
two vague paragraphs on 
McCain; it is not an argu- 

Last, I CLotiJt anybody said 
you were voting for him for 
his good looks. 

This is strictly you try- 

ing to subliminally establish 
a viewpoint on him, not a 
given fact (laws of attraction 
vary per person). It is done in 
order to make others believe 
what you want them to, and 

It further supports that 
many people do consider 
looks of the candidate as 
important as normal politics 
when voting. 

Are you aware that looks 
mean nothing against presi- 
dential policy? Your article 
seems very politcally unedu- 

There is a lot of nerve in- 
volved on both you and your 
newspaper's parts in publish- 
ing liberal articles at a con- 
servative Christian campus. 
Much as the media (CNN, 
NBC and any major newspa- 
per) uses liberalism to appeal 
to the masses, so does your 

Yes, one has the right to be 
conservative or liberal, but 
here at CLU the latter is a very 
unethical view. You chose 
to come here, to a religious 
school of open-mindedness 
but still highly conservative. 
So, respect the conservative 
nature of the school. 

Tyler Ray Homesley 

Just lor the 
Record. . .. 

It has come to our 
attention this week that 
people do not understand 
the process for writing a 
response in the opinion 

Anything that is 
published in the opinion 
section of the Echo is 
the OPINION of the 
writer, not the opinion of| 
this publication. If you 
write a response and we 
have room for it we will 
always run it unless it is 
a fallacious attack on the 
writer and not a response 
to his or her article. So 
please, write away. . . just 
be prepared, we will also 
run responses to your 
article as well. 

Candice Cerro 
Editor in Chief 

Carly Robertson 
Opinion Editor 

California Lutheran University 

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f The Echo . 


October 8, 2008 

Volleyball storms through 
SCIAC opponents at home 

CLU soundly 
conquers three 
conference rivals 

By Krystle Van Deusen 
Echo Staff Writer 

and Trace Ronning 

Sports Editor 

Making history would be 
nice, but winning games is 
better, according to senior 
Summer Plante-Newman of the 
California Lutheran University 
volleyball team, who is 10 kills 
shy of tying the all-time CLU 
record as of Oct. 4. 

The Regals Volleyball team 
picked up their fifth conference 
win in as many matches, 
defeating the Whittier College 
Poets (25-11, 25-11, 25-15), 
the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 
Athenas (25-18, 25-17, 24-26, 
25-15), and the Pomona-Pitzer 
Sagehens (25-12, 25-14, 25-16) 
last week. 

"I'm not really concerned 
about [the record]," Plante- 
Newman said. "I'm just glad 
we're playing so well and 
winning games." 

She won't be gloating about the 
record if and when she breaks it, 
because she knows she couldn't 
do it without the support of her 

"It's a testament to this 
program and how good it is, its 
not just me," Plante-Newman 
said. "Lindsey is a great setter, 
I have great teammates, its all 
very exciting." 

The Regals played at home 
against conference rivals in the 
University of Redlands last night 
before heading to Cal State East 
Bay this weekend to participate 
in the Wild West Shootout. 

"On the first day at East Bay 
we're going to be playing some 
teams that have been struggling 
lately, so we're hoping to win 
both those games," coach Kellee 
Roesel said. "But UC Santa 
Cruz and Cal State East Bay are 
good programs, they're always 
tough to beat." 

The Regals, who had already 
won five straight matches going 
into the match against Redlands 
last night, know they still have 
work to do, and they are still 
looking for ways to improve. 

"In practice lately, we've been 
working a lot on getting first 
ball kills, not dragging out 
points" junior Cori Hayes said. 
"We're working on serving too, 

Cori Hayes, 13, led the Regals in hitting percentages in their matches against Whittier and Pomona-Pitzer. 

and reducing our number of 
service errors." 

Hayes, who recorded a .778 
hitting percentage on 14 kills 
in 18 attempts and no errors 
in the match against Pomona- 
Pitzer, has already made her 
mark on the CLU volleyball 

The Regals took advantage 
of a Pomona-Pitzer team 
that committed 15 errors and 
earned only 18 kills. 

They showed their big play 
ability against the Sagehens 
by finishing each game in a 
dynamic way. 

During the first game in which 
CLU dominated from the start, 
senior Lindsey Benson recorded 
a resounding solo block on a 
Pomona-Pitzer attack to win. 

In game two, Hayes lit up 
the opposition for 6 kills on 
7 attempts and a block assist. 
The game ended with an ace 

serve from senior Elizabeth 

The Sagehens never led a 
game until the third, where they 
started off 3-2 before the Regals 
pulled ahead, winning 25-16. 

CLU then traveled to 
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps where 
they played their first four-game 
SCIAC match, winning 3-1. 

"The CMS match was a test 
for us, but we did some good 
things," Roesel said. 

In the home match against 
Whittier College earlier in the 
week, the Regals team hitting 
percentage was .360. 

The Regals were led by Hayes, 
who had eight of 11 attacks 
without an error and 10 assists 
for the match, recording a .727 
hitting percentage of the night. 

Plante-Newman had a season 
high 17 digs and contributed 10 
kills to the teams total of 40. 
Sophomore Megan Thorpe 

recorded five kills and six 
digs and contributed eight 
points from the service line 
and sophomore Erin Exline 
had seven kills and two block 

It took only three games for 
CLU to send the Poets home, 
which gave CLU the confidence 
they needed after a tough loss 
against La Verne. 

"We were in really good 
rhythm tonight and we took 
care of business," Roesel said. 
"It always builds confidence to 
win games that you know you 

Of the conference teams Cal 
Lutheran has played, La Verne 
was notably the toughest match. 
The Regals fell short in three 
games against the Leopards at 
home. The Regals are looking 
forward to the next match-up 
on Oct. 21 at La Verne. 

"The La Verne game is now in 

Photo by Ashley Bentz 

the back of our minds," Hayes 
said. "But when we play them 
next it will be a revenge game." 

With a mixture of juniors 
and seniors filling up the 
roster the Regals have plenty of 

The Regals will use their 
experience to make a run at the 

"We have a very special group 
of players this year," Thorpe 
said. "Our upperclassmen are a 
huge asset to our success and I 
feel this year we will end up on 

Following the tournament at 
Cal State East Bay, CLU will 
take 10 days off to rest before 
their rematch with La Verne 
and a second round of SCIAC 

"The next two weeks are crucial 
for us," Roesel said. "But if we 
keep playing flawless volleyball 
we will be very successful." 

October 8, 2008 


Page 1 1 

Men's soccer routed 

By Nicole Jacobsen 
Echo Staff Writer 

In a rain-soaked match- 
up between SCIAC rivals, 
the men's soccer team was 
defeated 4-0 by the University 
of Redlands on Saturday 
morning making it their third 
conference loss of the season. 

The Kingsmen played a 
conference game last week 
at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 
losing 2-0 and will play their 
next SCIAC game at Occidental 
College today at 4 p.m. 

The Oxy Tigers are coming 
off of a double overtime tie 
with the Claremont-Mudd- 
Scripps Stags. 

Their overall record is 3-4-1, 
and they're 3-2-1 in conference 

The Kingsmen (5-6-0, 3-3-0 
SCIAC) took 16 shots with 
eight of them on goal but still 
weren't able to score against 
the Bulldogs. CLU goal-keeper, 
sophomore Michael Zubach, 
had four saves throughout the 
game, including a save from 
a penalty kick early in the 
second half. 

"We could have been more 
organized in the back and our 
midfielders need to track back 
more," senior Kai Werring said. 
"But most of all we need to 
work on our finishing and our 
build up to the final third." 

Down 2-0 at half time, the 
Kingsmen discussed how to 
get better chances on scoring 
and how they got unlucky with 
the Bulldogs' first two goals. 
They needed to come up with 
new ways on how to try and 
stop them from scoring and 
had to figure out a way to get 
past the Redland defense. 

"Our biggest problem 
was not putting the ball in 
the back of the net in the 
first 20 minutes when the 
opportunities presented 

themselves," sophomore lorge 
Martinez said. "That allowed 

Kai Werring, 23, had one ofCLU's 16 shot attempts. 

Photo by Kevin Baxter 

the other team to rise up and 
score a couple goals which 
gave them tactical control of 
the rest of the game." 

Even though it was a rainy 
day, the team's attitude wasn't 
dampened by the game's 
outcome. It is optimistic 
about the rest of the season 
and know what is needed 


for improving before facing 
the Bulldogs again in late 

"We played our hearts out 
and I'm really proud of my 
teammates," junior Ryan 
McDermott said. "We got a 
couple unfortunate bounces 
which could have changed the 


With the team being so 
young, the major concern for 
the Kingsmen was whether 
everybody would connect, and 
halfway through the season it 
seems as though they have. 

They feel as though they've 
taken great strides in playing 
in the moment and looking 
ahead toward the rest of the 

"Overall we saw signs of the 
team finally starting to come 
together," McDermott said. 
"We need to think ahead and 
not dwell on the past." 

Along with learning how 
to play as a team comes 
friendships within the team. 
Gaining trust from teammates 
and knowing they'll always be 
there is part of any sport. 

"We've improved on learning 
each other's style of play and 
also coming together as close 
friends," Werring said. "The 
new friendships entail fighting 
for one another instead of just 
for ourselves." 

Water Polo team 
prevails at home 

Kingsmen take 
down division II 

By Jackson Damron 
Echo Staff Writer 

Junior 2Meter Matt Heagy 
and senior utility player Jeff 
Chaney scored six and three 
goals, respectively, leading the 
California Lutheran University 
Kingsmen water polo team 
ranked fourth in NCAA 
Division III. 

The Kingsmen record now 
stands at 9-9 heading into a 
three game home stand and 
the start of conference play. 
They will take on fourteen 
ranked University of Redlands 
on Oct. 18 at home. 

CLU held off NCAA Division 
II foe Mercyhurst (Pa.) 
College for the second straight 
year, 12-10 at the Samuelson 
Aquatics Center last week. 

The Kingsmen held a 5-3 lead 
after the first quarter that the 
Lakers of Mercyhurst quickly 
erased in the closing minutes 
of the first half. 

Heagy scored the only two 
goals for either team in the 
third quarter and Chaney put 
away his third of the game to 
begin the fourth quarter by 
putting the Kingsmen in front 
for the remainder of the game 

"They [Mercyhurst] kept 
pressing and didn't drop 
anyone," Heagy said. "That 
allowed us to find the open 
man and put some shots in the 
back of the net." 

CLU sophomore Wes Lewis 
had an eye out for the open 
man as he dished out a game- 
high of five assists, along 

with three steals and a goal. 
CLU junior goalkeeper Jordan 
Bouey made 10 saves and shut 
out Mercyhurst for nearly 
14 minutes starting from 51 
seconds left in the first half to 
3:05 remaining in the* game. 

"Bouey has been great for us 
all year," junior Scott Bergeman 
said. "He gives us a lot of 
confidence in front of the net." 

Not only did Heagy score 
six times, but he drew as 
many ejections himself as 
the Lakers entire squad. The 
Kingsmen enjoyed a 9-5 
advantage in drawn kick outs. 

CLU coaches Craig Rond 
and Matt Sarshaw said they 
were pleased with Heagy's 
performance in the game. 

"This is what we come to 
expect from our two-time 
Ail-American," Rond told "And he's 

hitting his stride just in time 
for conference." 

The Kingsmen also 

participated in the 2008 
Convergence Tournament 

hosted together by three 
schools; Claremont-Mudd- 
Scripps, Pomona-Pitzer and 
La Verne. 

The Kingsmen faced three 
East Coast teams defeating 
Washington 8c Jefferson (Pa.) 
18-5, and Fordham (N.Y.) 14- 
11, while falling short against 
NCAA Division III power 
Johns Hopkins (Md.) ranked 
second in NCAA Division III 
and also ranked in a Division 
I Top 20 poll. In the final 
game of the tournament the 
Kingsmen dropped a game to 
Cal Baptist 9-16. 

"We played hard against 
Johns Hopkins," Heagy said. 
"We were down 9-3 at one 
point, but battled back to 
make a game out of it." 

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October 8, 2008 

Bulldogs bully the Regals 

Regals suffer 
loss on road to 
SCIAC rival 

By Jeff Chaney 

Echo Staff Writer 

Beating SCIAC opponents has 
proven to be a difficult task 
for the California Lutheran 
University Regals this season. 
They dropped games to 
.Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and 
University of Redlands last 

Although the Regals fell to the 
Athenas and the Bulldogs, the 
games served as opportunities 
for the Regals to identify and- tie 
up the loose ends before raging 
into the second round of their 
season where they first will travel 


to face Occidental College, 3-4 
overall, 3-2 SCIAC, today. 

Occidental is on a two-game 
win streak beating, conference 
opponents CMS and Redlands 
in 1-0 games. 

Despite shutting out CMS in 
the second half on Wednesday, 
the three goals in the first half 
were enough for the Athenas 

Fresh strategies in player 
formation and offense will be 
some of the key focuses as the 
Regals gear up for their final 
round of SCIAC competition. 

"We are going to be trying 
some new formations offensively 
in these next few games," senior 
midfielder Marisa Zambetti 

The Regals have been pulling 
the trigger on offense though. 
They had seven shots attempted 
in the game against the Athenas, 

which came from 
forward Brittany 

Lauren Hess holds off a CMS defender to get the ball. 

Photo by Nathan Hoyt 

three of 

With defensive shutouts 
coming from the Regals only 
one half at a time, starting and 
finishing a game with balanced 
intensity will be another focus. 

"We didn't allow any goals in 
the second (half)," Zambetti 

"If we can go strong as a team 
for 90 minutes, we will be just 
fine. We have come out strong, 
and finished strong, now we just 
need to stay strong from start to 

At this point in the season 
keeping the team healthy and 
free from injury can be as hard 
as putting the ball in the goal. 

"Working as a team is 
something we are going 
to really be working on 
this week." 

— Kelsey Dunn 

Staying flexible and agile is 
what makes a team durable in 
the late and post seasons. 

"Stretching is a state of mind," 
freshman midfielder and forward 
Rosemarie Lombardi said. 

Cohesiveness is another factor 
that the Regals will be trying to 
improve on in the coming week. 

Working as a single unit has 
proven essential for victory out 
on the soccer field. 

The Regals really want to utilize 
all the talents on their squad and 
compound everyone's skills into 

Photo by Nathan Hoyt 
Senior Lauren McGuigan fights for a header with a CMS player. 

a single game plan. 

"Working as a team is 
something we are going to 
really be working on this week," 
freshman midfielder Kelsey 
Dunn said. "If everyone is on 
the same page, then things are 
going to go a lot smoother." 

Saturday's match against the 
University of Redlands reached 
a similar result. 

The Regals shut out the 
Bulldogs in the first half, finally 

allowing one goal in the closing 
seconds leading into half time. 

The Regals were only able to 
get off a single shot attempt in 
the first half. 

In the second half, the Regals 
were able to launch nine more 
shot attempts but failed to score 
on any of them. 

Regal goalkeeper Kristin Borzi 
notched two saves on the day, 
and secondary keeper Laura 
Brain logged a save as well. 

Kingsmen take one on the road 

Football team 
Whittier College 

By Nicole Flanary 

Echo Staff Writer 

The California Lutheran 
University Kingsmen football 
team powered past the Whittier 
Poets Tast weekend, earning 
their first conference win of the 

CLU's homecoming game 
is Saturday at 1 p.m. against 

The Kingsmen defeated 
Whittier Saturday 32-7. 

CLU came out with its swords 
drawn, as Victor Edwards caught 
an interception on Whittier's 
opening drive and the Kingsmen 
showed no signs of slowing 

Quarterback Jericho Toilolo ran 
two yards to the end zone, and on 
the next drive Antoine Adams 
rushed 15 yards to score. 

"One player that really stood 
out for me was Antoine Adams," 
receiver Chris Hammond 
said, "Our running game was 

Photo by Scott Chisholm 
Ebere Winston, 25, had 4.5 tackles and an interception against Whittier. 

definitely a question mark going 
into the season, and he has really 
proven to be a premiere back in 
the SCIAC conference." 

Adams led the rushing corps for 
CLU, and averaged 9.7 yards in 
the game vs. Whittier for a total 
of 109 all-purpose yards. 

Adams averages 82.3 yards 

per game and is leading CLU in 
rushing this season. 

Jackson Damron booted the 
ball through the uprights for a 
34-yard field goal to extend the 
Kingsmen lead to 15-7 going into 

To open the second-half, 
Damron completed his seventh 

consecutive field goal this 

"We came into the game and we 
beat the rhyming right out of the 
Poets," receiver Sean Coen said. 

Though he is light-hearted off 

"We came into the game 
and we beat the rhyming 
right out of the Poets." 

— Sean Coen 

the field, when Coen throws 
on a helmet and pads he means 

On CLU's next possession, 
Coen had an electric 47-yard kick 
return, igniting both the fans and 
the players. 

"He made a punt-return for 
a touchdown that provided 
a much-needed momentum 
booster," Hammond said. 

Following Coen's return, Ebere 
Winston intercepted the Poets, 
resulting in an 18-yard rushing 
touchdown by Derek Martinez. 

"We played well as an offense 
today, but the defense was 
definitely the catalyst to our 
victory. They kept up the 
intensity of the entire game," 

Hammond said. 

Linebacker Roland Jenkins led 
the team with five tackles and a 
fumble recovery 

Winston followed with 4.5 
tackles and an interception. 

Jacob Calderon made four 
tackles and contributed two sacks 
in the victory. Calderon has been 
explosive for the Kingsmen this 
season with a total of 19 tackles. 

Cornerback Eric Lopes added to 
the defensive charge contributing 
four tackles and four pass break- 
ups against the Poets. 

"A couple players had top- 
notch performances," Coen said. 
"Jesse Matlock, for one, played 
on an elite level." 

Matlock recorded six catches for 
98 yards in Cal Lutheran's win. 

The Kingsmen see each win as 
a step closer to achieving their 
ultimate objective. 

"Overall, we got the result 
we needed from the Whittier 
game, but we didn't play to our 
potential," Hammond said. 

"Salem, Virginia is where 
we should be at the end of 
this, playing for the national 
championship. But first things 
first, we need to win SCIAC 
outright and treat every game 
like a play-off game." 

The Echo 

California Lutheran University 

Volume 52, Number 5 

October 15, 2008 

Carnival attracts happy crowd 

Lights, sounds and 
smells of cotton 
candy fill the night 

By Dana Blackburn 
Echo Staff Writer 

Colorful lights, the scent of 
cotton candy and school spirit 
filled the chilly night air as 
California Lutheran University 
students, alumni, faculty and 
family members gathered at 
CLU's annual homecoming 
carnival Friday night. 

The carnival was held on 
Memorial Parkway. It included 
rides, food, games and 
entertainment all completely free 
of charge. The carnival was open 
to everyone from CLU and its 
surrounding communities. 

Attendees were entertained 
by CLU's enthusiastic 

mascots, homecoming court 
inlruductions, performances by 
CLU's dance team and hip-hop 
club, H20. 

"Programs Board Committee 
tries to recreate the carnival 
every year, but they also try to 
keep the traditions alive that 
students love," said Amanda 
Whealon, coordinator for student 
leadership and programs. 

ASCLU-G's Programs Board 
was in charge of the carnival's 
detailed planning process that 
began in May. 

"It's a fun atmosphere where 
you get to see faculty, students 
and families all molding 
together," Whealon said. 

During the carnival, competitive 
CLU students stood in line to 
race to the top of an inflatable 
slide and then quickly slide down 
in a race to the bottom, while the 
thrill seekers had the opportunity 
to climb into rotating cars atop 
the Ferris wheel. 

"I think that it's important to 
come to the carnival because 
it is a tradition and a lot of 
people have been doing this for 
years," said, Carrie Kelley, senior 
representative for programs 
board at CLU. "The best part of 
homecoming is just being able 
to step outside your residents 
hall and there is a carnival right 

She explained That the carnival 
is free for students as a part of 
Club Lu on Fridays. The whole 
point of planning events like 
this carnival is to make exciting 
activities free for students. 
Programs Board provided the 
food, rides and entertainment so 
that students could come enjoy 
themselves without spending a 

Students attend the annual homecoming & family weekend carnival. 


The carnival offered a wide 
array of activities, from throwing 
a pie in the face of your friend to 
dressing up in goofy costumes 
for a photo shoot with an Elvis 
Presley cut-out on CLU's red 
carpet. Additionally, those in 
attendance could take a shot at 
winning a goldfish and throwing 

"The Homecoming Carnival at 
CLU has become a tradition for 

me and my best friend. Every 
year we bring her nephew. It has 
something fun and exciting for 
everyone," said Amber Trockey, 
CLU alum. 

Every year the programs board 
committee works to make the 
Homecoming Carnival bigger 
and more thrilling for its many 
attendees. "The carnival seemed 
more exciting and drew a bigger 
crowd this year than I have seen 
in previous years," Trockey said. 

Photo by Doug Harnett 

The Homecoming Carnival 
was held in conjunction with 
CLU's Family Weekend to which 
family members of CLU students 
are invited to visit the campus, 
sit in on selected classes, dine 
at discounted rates at several 
participating local restaurants, 
compete for a free vacation to 
Laughlin, Nev. at Bingo Night 
and cheer on the Kingsmen at 
CLU's homecoming football 

Obama sign theft causes uproar 

By Margaret Nolan 
Managing Editor 

The residents of 3222 Luther St. 
woke up to find their Obama '08 
sign missing from the front of the 
house. In its place were five copies 
of a letter addressed to student 
supporters of Obama. 

The letter was full of spelling and 
grammatical errors and attacked 
Barack Obama, his ethnicity, 
religious beliefs, education and 
political viewpoints and all the 
students in support of him. 

The residents, who are registered 
Obama supporters, were shocked. 

Almost immediately upon 
finding the letters, sophomore 
Grant Berg and his roommates 
took action. They took copies 
of the letter to various clubs 

including the Black Student 
Union, the CLU Democrats 
and the Gay Straight Alliance, 
in addition to telling all of their 
friends about the incident. 

"The members of the BSU 
were appalled," Berg said. "Their 
mouths literally dropped." 

The residents took every measure 
possible to spread the word about 
the theft around campus. 

"This can't be a joke," said senior 
Matt Johnson who lives in the 
house. "It's just not fimny." 

Along with the rest of his 
roommates, Johnson reported the 
incident to Campus Security. 

"The gentlemen provided a copy 
of the letter that was left and we 
notified the sheriff's department," 
said Fred Miller, Director of 
Campus Safety & Security. 

A Ventura County Sheriff 
Deputy responded to the call 
within a half hour and filed a 
report. The event was classified 
as a theft. The letter contained 
repeated statements that had 
been circulating on the Internet, 
it did not meet the requirements 
for a hate crime and there was no 
vandalism at the house. However, 
the deputy is following up with 
the residents to make sure that the 
report is accurate. 

Miller asked the residents for 
a value of the property that was 
stolen, which was deemed to 
be about $100 and is increasing 
efforts to prevent future events of 
this nature. 

"We have asked the officer for 
a more vigilant look on campus 
for any unusual activity, especially 

at night," Miller said. "We also 
encourage all students to report 
similar events immediately." 

In addition to notifying security, 
e-mails were also sent to Juanita 
Hall, director of multicultural 
and international programs, Bill 
Rosser, vice president for student 
affairs and Dr. Chris Kimball, 
university president. The students 
received almost immediate 
responses, encouraging them to 
continue to express their political 

"It is important for all of us 
to be engaged in this process 
and to be able to express our 
support," Rosser said. He advises 
all students to continue to display 
their political viewpoints and not 
give in to other people's negative 

"If we give in to it, we're just 
giving them what they want," Berg 
said. "We have to show that we're 
not afraid to express ourselves 
within our First Amendment 

Berg, Johnson and their 
roommates are making an even 
bigger sign out of plywood to put 
on their roof that will be harder 
for people to steal. 

"All we can do is react and show 
that their actions can't defer us 
from what we believe," Berg said. 
"If we do it well, than we can turn 
this into a constructive experience 
for everyone." 

Ultimately, they want to make 
sure that everyone realizes the 
severity of the situation and learns 
from it. 

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Alumni renew old friendships 

By Amanda Lovett 
Echo Staff Writer 

It is estimated that more than 
a thousand people attended 
the Alumni and Family Festival 
homecoming weekend on 
Saturday. Alumni reminisced 
about their adventures when they 
attended California Lutheran 

The event was hosted by 
Alumni and Parent Relations and 
was sponsored by the Ventura 
County Star, class of 2003, Ann 
and David Watson 78, David 
Spurlock '69 and Linda and 
David Gunn '67. 

"This is our second year doing 
this event," said Mitzi Ward, 
associate director of Alumni 
Relations. "We had 750 people 
R.S.V.P., however, we estimate we 
had over a thousand people here 

The festival consisted of many 
components including barbecue 
and veggie sandwiches, study 
abroad booth, arts and crafts, 
bounce houses and a petting zoo 
for the kids, a beer garden for 

individuals over 21, live music 
from Midnight Train sponsored 
by the Ventura County Star and 
many more. 

"If only this food was in the 
cafeteria and Centrum," senior 
Jessica Kolstad, resident assistant 
for campus houses said. "The 
band is rockin." 

Parents of CLU students and 
alumni attended the event as 

"It was a lovely, cool, 
homecoming day. Cal Lu always 
has wonderful food for the 
parents to enjoy with family," 
Dorie Cornell, mother of 
sophomore Thea Cornell said. 

Children were seen running 
around laughing and playing 
with other children in the bounce 
houses shaped like dinosaurs and 
petting the animals at the petting 

The Study Abroad Center 
booth offered information on 
studying abroad and souvenirs 
and stories of Study Abroad 
adventures from alumni. 

"CLU Alumni Association 
started an endowment to help 

students study abroad because it 
is such an amazing opportunity," 
Stephanie Shaker said, an 
alumnus who traveled to London 
in 2006. "The Study Abroad 
Center has seen a growing interest 
in study abroad participation the 
last few years so we try to support 
them in any way we can." 

Shaker studied abroad 
in London with Carmen 
Wyttenbach, who recalled her 
own experience. 

"It was one of the best, if not 
the best, thing I did at CLU," 
Wyttenbach said. 

Inside the beer garden, many 
alumni were reminiscing on 
memories at CLU and were very 
willing to share stories with 
fellow alumni and cohorts. 

Pastor Scott Maxwell-Doherty 
was one of the alumni recalling 
college adventures among fellow 
alumni including Dave Watson 
and Pastor Greg Ronning. 

"The best memories I have from 
my time here at CLU were from 
traveling with Jerry Slattum to 
South America during interim," 
Dave Watson said, Class of '78 

and sponsor of the event. "We 
went to many anthropological 
sites and of course we hit every 
cathedral and then every bar." 

"[My best memories at CLU 
were] all the conversations 
with my roommates about life," 
Ronning, CLU alumni class of 
'82 said. "And of course, I met my 
wife here." 

CLU pride runs in the family 
as his children, junior Trace and 
freshman Sierra Ronning, also 
attend CLU. 

"They made the decision on 
their own... we're both really 
happy about it," Ronning said. 

Ronning continued his studies 
in religion after graduating from 
CLU and became the pastor of 
Texas Lutheran University in 
Seguin, Texas. 

"I love campus ministry," he 
said. "Texas Lutheran is a lot like 
CLU, I was really excited to go 
back to that environment because 
it meant so much to me here." 

Stories of getting in trouble 
and stories of times when they 
should have gotten in trouble, 
were radiating through the 

beer garden. Reunions between 
fellow classmates and hearing 
different sides of the stories 
made the evening an endearing 
characteristic to the festival. 

Karin Andreen, formerly 
Karin Thompson, married her 
college sweetheart from CLU. 
She recalled her favorite memory 
from her senior year. 

"We had this thing called 
Alante's Ghetto Salon & Dating 
Service, where we were paid $2 to 
do a freshman girl's hair to go on 
a blind date with a guy they had 
already found," she said. 

She described some of the 
incidents that went on with the 
salon and dating service. 

"We had rope lights hung up 
in the lounge and one night 
they caught on fire and burned 
down a couch. Rope lights were 
legal at the time, so all we got 
written up for were the extension 
cords," Andreen said. 

"I love CLU. They are definitely 
the best memories. I wish I could 
go back." 

Seniors showcased at coronation 

Hansen & Kel- 
ley take home 
King & Queen 

By Kelsey Bonesteel 

Echo Staff Writer 

During homecoming week it is 
California Lutheran University's 
tradition to have homecoming 
coronation to formally introduce 
the homecoming princes and 
princesses for each class and also 
to announce the king and queen. 

This year instead of being 
held outside in the Grace Hall 
patio, the event was held in the 
Lundring Events Center. 

"We decided to move the 
event inside, as there are usually 
complaints of being cold outside," 
said Lauren Anderson, student life 
and programs 
intern who 
assisted in 

the planning 
of this year's 
coronation. "I 
think it gives 
it a different 

member of 
the court was 

nominated by their classmates 
through the CLU Web portal. 

Once votes are narrowed down 
to the top three from each class, 
students receive another chance 

"This year had a more 
intimate feel, it was really 
fun being up there talking 
about the court." 

— Pete Brown 


jy Desiree 
Homecoming queen Carrie Kelleygets serenaded by the mens' quartet. 


to vote for the king and queen. 

Four men and four women are 

nominated for the senior court. 

One of those couples will be 

crowned king 

and queen. 

No table had 
an open seat and 
more chairs had 
to be brought in 
to accommodate 
more students, 
parents and 

faculty who 

came for 

"My fianc£ [Scott Jackson] is 
the junior court this year, 
I'm here to support him," Miray 
Iskander said. 

Chase Linsley, emcee for the 
night, started the evening by 
introducing ASCLU-G's president 
Andrew Brown. 

After a brief introduction 
and the traditional lighting of 
a candle, symbolizing "coming 
home," the CLU quartet sang the 
alma mater. 

Shordy after, the introductions 
of the court began. Each one 
included overviews of the different 
activities each student is involved 
in on campus and a quote from 
their fellow classmates. 

For the senior court 
introductions, the seniors picked 
their favorite and most influential 
member of CLU's faculty or staff. 
Each guest speaker spoke about 
the individual student and his or 
her most prized memories. 

Photo by Desiree D' Arienzo 
Senior court members await the announcement of king and queen. 

After all the introductions were 
made the moment arrived to 
crown the king and queen. The 
nominees included Ana Garcia, 
Kyle Hansen, Roberta Gaugert, 
Jon-Erik Livingston, Carrie 
Kelley, Kareem Rivas, Fina Lopez 
and Landon Smith. 

After a long pause, the names 
were revealed: Carrie Kelley and 
Kyle Hansen. A large bouquet and 
crown were brought out and their 
purple sashes were exchanged for 
the gold ones. 

Concluding the night was the 
men's quartet singing, "The 
Sweetheart of CLU" to the new 

"I feel very flattered and didn't 
expect it," Kelly said. "I was trying 
not to get my hopes up." 

The room filled with the flashes 

of cameras and congratulatory 

One of the faculty who 
introduced the courts was Pete 
Brown, enrollment; marketing 
and communications manager 
at CLU. 

"This year had a more intimate 
feel, it was really fun being up 
there talking about the court," 
Brown said. 

Even though the other senior 
nominees did not receive the title 
of king or queen, they are still part 
of CLU's senior court. 

"It was just an honor to be 
nominated, I've never been 
on court before," Ana Garcia 
said. "Carrie is so involved in 
everything; she deserved to win." 

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1 5 students present research 

By Gigi Arjomand 

Echo Staff Writer 

Various topics were featured 
in Saturday's student research 
symposium ranging from robots 
and kitchen sponges to mutated 
flies and oceanic pollutions. 

The fifth annual California 
Lutheran University Research 
Symposium consisted of 15 
students' research findings 
conducted during this past 
summer. All participating students 
are science majors, however they 
differ in fields of study. These 
students demonstrated the 
versatility of science through the 
topics they chose. 

"What • makes science so 
interesting is the breadth of what 
is included," Steve Hawkins, 
associate professor in the exercise 
science department said/That was 
demonstrated here today where 
we had some purely theoretical 
concepts, advancing knowledge 
for knowledge's sake, and then 
there were some very applied ideas 

where we can take the research 
finding and actually improve 
people's lives." 

The symposium held on 
Saturday was sponsored by the 
new Office for Undergraduate 
Research. The CLU SRS 

"I found that ocean wa- 
ter coming from L.A. is 
dirtier than ocean water 
coming from Ventura." 

— ■ Katie Madison 

committee's goal of the event was 
to "provide an interdisciplinary 
scientific venue for CLU students 
and faculty to meet and exchange 
knowledge and ideas in science, 
mathematics and related fields." 

Although some of the topics 
consisted of rather complex 
scientific research and a lot of 
words and concepts unfamiliar to 
most people lacking a degree or 
background in the natural science 

field, there was a lot of useful 
information comprehensible to 
the general public. 

"I thought they made it really 
interesting," Matt Hessman said, 
supporting his girlfriend Sarah 
Muliada who presented her 
project "Analysis of Complex 
Biological and Environmental 
Systems: A Quantitative Look." 

"Science is interesting. It's 
not something I, myself, would 
necessarily pursue as a career but 
all topics were relevant to what's 
important right now so I enjoyed 
it," Hessman said. 

A majority of the research 
projects were funded and 
supported by the Swenson Science 
Research Fellowship Program, 
a scholarship that the students 
apply for prior to beginning their 
work this summer. 

Katie Madison is one of those 
sponsored by the Swenson 
scholarship and her project 
"Fecal Contamination in the 
Ocean from Urban Runoff" was 

one of the topics most relatable 
to ocean lovers as it investigated 
and compared the amount of 
contamination in different parts 
of the ocean outside of the Malibu 

"I found that ocean water 
coming from Los Angeles is dirtier 
than ocean water from Ventura," 
said Madison. She was very happy 
with the result of her project and 
is excited to continue researching 
her topic during the fall, hoping 
to obtain a more in depth 
understanding. "My findings were 
not influenced by the rain but I'm 
looking forward to comparing my 
summer results to the upcoming 
rainy season." 

Although the project is not 
a degree requirement and was 
completely voluntary on behalf 
of the students participating, the 
faculty advisers mentoring them 
throughout the process honored 
the students with certificates 
for their efforts and hard work 
following the last presentation. 

For the Record... 

In the Oct. 8 edition 
of The Echo, Haz- 
ing Allegations in 
CLU Sports, Athletic 
Director Dan Kuntz's 
name was attributed 
to quote: "Hazing is 
any activity expected 
of someone join- 
ing or participating 
in a group that hu- 
miliates, degrades, 
abuses, or endangers 
them regardless of a 
person's willingness to 
participate." This was 
a definition of hazing 
and not a quote by 
Kuntz . 

News Release 

Come join us on Jan. 20 for 
the Inauguration of the new 

When will you ever have the 
chance to stand on Pennsylvania 
Avenue and watch a presidential 
parade? It might even be snowing. 

Students attending the Lutheran 
College Washington Semester 
consortium this spring will be 
there. Since 1986, CLU has 
been one of the 13 colleges 
which together offer classes and 
internships in D C. 

CLU has sent 126 student in all, 
seven this fall. Students live in 
condos across the Potomac River 
from the Lincoln Memorial, just 
north of Arlington Cemetery and 
the Pentagon, one metro stop from 
the State Department. You will 
live with other students, take two 
classes and. earn the equivalent of 
two classes for a total of 16 upper 
division CLU credits. 

CLU students there now (with 
their internships) are: Jasoene 
A. Bentil (AAUW); Michael 
Gammariello (Phoenix Bikes); 
Elliott Kimmel (DBC -PR); 
Nicholas Muller (Coalition on 
Hemispheric Affairs); Shannon 
Quigley (Office of the Attorney 
General); Emily Robertson 
and Paige Schultz (AAUW). 

Classes and internships are 
available from Political Science to 
Public Administration and from 
Communication to Criminal 
Justice. For more information, 

If interested contact Study 
Abroad and Dr. Gooch 

There are a few places still 
available for this spring, but you 

must apply as soon as possible. 
Could there be a more interesting 

place to learn than CLU's campus 

on the Potomac? 

Fall Holiday Trip to Red Rock 
Canyon in Las Vegas, NV 

October I7 th -19 th Signup in the SUB, cost is $30, space is limited 

and there is room for up to 15 people 

We will leave campus on Friday morning and head to Red Rock Canyon just outside Las Vegas, NV. We will 

explore the area on Friday and throughout the day Saturday checking out several hikes. On Saturday evening 

we will leave the campground and head into Las Vegas for the night. We will be staying on the strip and the 

evening will be left to have fun and explore Vegas. Even if you are under the age of 21 there are plenty of fun 

things to do in Las Vegas so this trip is open to all students. If you have any questions please contact Clark at . The cost of the trip includes food, campsite, and stay in Vegas. We will be supplying 

tents for the trip. You will receive a packing list once you have signed up. 


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Around the Campus 



October 15 



October 16 



October 17 



October 18 

University Chapel: 

Rachel Ronning-Lindgren '99 
10 a.m. Samuelson Chapel 

The Tournees Festival: "Un Long 
demanche de fiancailles" 
(A Very Long Engagement) 

7 p.m. Preus-Brandt Forum 

Salary Negotiations Workshop 

Noon: Roth Nelson Room 

Fall Holiday 


No School 

"Even if something is 
left undone, everyone 
must take time to 
sit still and watch 
the leaves turn. " 
~ Elizabeth Lawrence 



October 19 


October 20 



October 2 1 

Next week on campus 

"Fall is my favorite 
season in LA., 
watching the birds 
change color and fall 
from trees. " 

~ David Letterman 

Corporate Leaders 
Breakfast Series: 

Scott Foraker, V.P., Amgen 

7:30 a.m. Lundring Events Center 

Understanding China's Turbulent 
20th Century 

4:30 p.m. Roth Nelson Room 

Fall Blackbox Series 

8 p.m. O.G. Black Box Theatre 

Founders Day 

10 a.m. Samuelson Chapel 

Answers from last week's crossword: 

(805) 777-7883 

398 N. Moorpark Rd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 
(In the Best Buy plaza, next to Ross) 

Stuft Mondays - H Cneese Stun: Stix {6 p.m. - close) 
Tat Tuesdays - $2 Chicken Tacos, fjQ cent wings {(> p.m. - close) 

CLU Thursdays - 1)% off with college I.D. {6 p.m. - close) 
Kingsmen Saturdays - 10% off all pizzas (all day, dine-in only) 

Drinlc and food specials every day ()~6 p.m.) 
Join us for Sunday breakfast during NfL season {$ a.m.-Noon) 



























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October 15,2008 

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Senate works for big future 

By Megan Hindman 
Echo Staff Writer 

The California Lutheran 
University Senate has numerous 
plans to fill the needs of students 
on campus. Ideas include more 
bike racks, a vending machine 
for school supplies and the 
possibility of digital signage on 
the flagpole. 

Acting as a voice for the student 
body, the Associated Student 
California Lutheran University 
Government Senate is using 11 
percent of student fees per year 
toward student needs. 

In order to provide for a well- 
rounded collaboration of ideas 
on how to do this, Senate is 
comprised of four representatives 
from each class, a transfer and a 
commuter representative, a 
recorder, a director and two 

The CLU community members 
are also welcome to voice their 
ideas during Senate meetings, 
held every Monday at 5:15 p.m. 
in the Student Union Building. 

"We want more students to 
participate because we want 

to make sure the right things 
are happening," senior senator 
Victoria Lopez said. 

This year Senate is broken into 
four committees: Administration, 
Go Green, Student Pride (student 
affairs) and Straight A's (academic 

"I feel like this year is going to 
be a great year, so you should 
look for big things from us," 
Senate director Beth Peters said. 

The Administration committee 
is considering the benefits of 
using Outlook Exchange as our 
e-mail client. It is also taking 
into consideration changing the 
CLU ID cards to function as all- 
purpose IDs. 

This would eliminate the need 
for a separate card for laundry 
and possibly allow students to 
use their IDs as a credit/debit 

In keeping with the widespread 
green initiatives, the GO Green 
committee is heading up the 
effort to purchase more bike 
racks to be dispersed throughout 
campus. Also, all freshmen 
received nalgene water bottles 
during orientation. 

This is something the Go 
Green committee would like to 
spread to upperclassmen as well 
to discourage excessive use of 

Digital signage on the flagpole 
is another way Senate is aiming 
to help CLU go green. Instead 
of using large amounts of paper 
each week to advertise events, 
information could be posted on 
a much more appealing large TV 

A safe-ride program also may 
be a new addition to CLU. The 
Student Pride committee aims to 
eventually establish an alternative 
transportation option. However, 
for the time being, safe ride info 
cards remain a more plausible 
choice. These would be wallet- 
sized cards that display the 
numbers of local taxi numbers. 

Other projects include 
extending library hours during 
finals week and placing a 
convenient vending machine for 
on-the-go school necessities. 

"We are really trying to do 
things that students want and are 
really needed," Lopez said. 

The Straight A's committee 

would also like to see more 
undergraduate research 

presented around campus. Ideas 
consist of purchasing student 
art work to hang in Grace Hall 
or student research to hang in 
Ahmanson Science Center. 
"We are always open for 

suggestions," said Stephen 
Roberts, academic affairs 
committee chair. "On Fridays, 
you can see us wearing some 
nice bright yellow shirts and we 
wear ASCLU shirts on Mondays, 
making us nice and identifiable 
two days of the week." 


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"What did you do this 
Homecoming weekend? 

"I went to the 

carnival and the 

football game" 

-Junior, Lindsay 

"I played in the game. 
We dominated" 

-Senior, Jeff Shalem 

"My parents came 

out here and I went 

to dinner with them." 

-Freshman, Talia Ferrari 

"Half of my group 
got kicked out of the 
dance within the first 

-Junior, Greg Lehman 

Photos courtesy of: Art Miller, Erik Hagan, Brian Stethem, 
Pete Brown and Echo photographers 

"I studied for my 
biochemistry test." 

-Senior, Katie Foster 

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1 The Echo 

Page 8 

October 15, 2008 

I'll keep my change, but do you really have sense? 

Missy Bain 

The letter to the editor last week 
really created conversation around 
campus, but instead of fostering a 
debate, it left students 
discussing which facts 
were true, and which 
ones were not. 

With that being said, 
I just want everyone to 
know that I put a lot 
of time and research 
into my articles and 
would appreciate it if a 
response to one of them 
returned the favor. 

I believe that the 
intelligent students of CLU can do 
much better than that, and I can't 
wait to finally get to hear from 

So let's get to it, shall we? 

My article, "Keep Your Coins, I 
Want Change" was written as an 
explanation as to why I am voting 
for Obama. 

^Jt was not an article about why 
I think Obama is better than 
McCain. I think it is obvious 
enough that I think Obama is 
better just by my saying I am voting 
for him. 

And of course my articles are 
written in "Democratic favor" as I 
am a Democrat, and I am writing 
for the opinion section 
of the newspaper, 
not the news section, 
so I am allowed my 

However, I do 
take offense to the 
statements made 

about how I am 
"regurgitating facts" I 
heard made by other 
liberals and that the 
majority of my facts 
were "invalid." 

As I said before, I research 
everything I say, so while it may be 
my opinion and you may disagree, 
I will never give false or exaggerated 
facts out to readers. The media is 
confusing enough as it is. 

Speaking of confusing, 
exaggerated facts, this letter to the 
editor was full of them. 

First off, Obama is not enabling, 

95 percent of the American people 

"by allowing them to no longer pay 


In fact, the only people who 

would be exempt from paying 
taxes at all would be senior citizens 
making less than $50,000 a year. Is 
that so bad? 

People making less than $250,000 
a year would receive well over 
$1,000' in tax relief and their 
taxes would be 20 percent lower 
than they were under the Reagan 

Those who make over $250,000 a 
year would pay the same taxes they 
paid in the 1990's or lower, not 
higher. Also, it is true that Obama 
would remove the tax cut given 
to the wealthiest 2 percent of the 
nation by President Bush. 

It's a small price to pay to support 
the nation we all love so dearly. 

Next, the "born alive" package 
that Obama voted against was 
brought up, but was taken 
completely out of context. 

The package contained three bills 
and the third was the one Obama 
openly spoke out against. 

It stated that if a physician made 
an error in assuming the induced 
abortion was complete and a 
fetus was born alive that a second 
physician would need to be called 

in to verify the viability of the life. 

Even the Medical Society opposed 
this bill because the time it takes to 
get another doctor and receive a 
second opinion wastes precious 
time that they could be using to 
save the infant's life. 

Also, it puts a burden on the 
original decision made by the 
woman and her doctor to abort the 
fetus in the first place. 

Obama opposed this bill because 
it was the "thin edge of a wedge 
used to pry apart legal rights 
to abortion" and it was already 
declared in Illinois state law that a 
physician must protect the life of a 
fetus that has a reasonable chance 
for survival outside of the womb. 

This bill was a ploy, end of story. 

Last, I just want to say that, 
believe it or not, I have been 
told by many people that since I 
am young, I am jumping on the 
Obama bandwagon and voting for 
him because he is a good-looking, 
charming man. 

Of course I am aware that 
looks have nothing to do with 
presidential policy, hence my 
bringing it up in my article to point 

out the absurdity of the thought. 

I am glad that the article ended 
in saying that I have a right to 
be a Liberal, but I can't believe 
that someone actually thinks it is 
unethical of me to be one on the 
CLU campus. 

I asked several students and 
faculty whether they viewed 
CLU as a liberal or a conservative 
campus, and hardly anyone could 
really say. Ironically, most believed 
it to be more on the Liberal side. 

To me, this speaks volumes 
about CLLTs diversity on campus 
and proves that just because the 
majority of its students love Jesus, 
doesn't necessarily mean that they 
are voting for McCain as well 

Here at CLU, it is not "unethical" 
to think or be any certain way. 
And that is why I chose to come 
to this "religious school of open- 

So, how about instead 
of respecting the so-called 
"Conservative nature" of CLU, you 
respect my liberal opinions and 
I will respect your conservative 
opinions and we can leave CLU 
out of it. 

Letters to the Editor 

Keep your 'Sense* 


The Oct. 8 issue of The Echo 
featured the charming little 
literary piece, "Keep your 'change,' 
I have sense." I am responding to 
the jumble of disjointed ramblings 
that were the foundation of last 
week's article. 

Late in the article you accuse a 
lack of political education, yet at 
one point blame "typical Liberal 
'sweeping under the table.'" 
To imply "typical Liberal" (or 
Conservative for that matter) 
behavior of any kind is to 
demonstrate an lack of political 
education yourself. 

One of my favorite parts of 
your argument was that "after 
reviewing this article with 
seven people (Conservative 
Republicans), your details are... 
.in Democratic favor." 

Quite frankly, if it took you and 
seven Conservative Republicans 
to discover that an opinion piece 
by an avid Liberal favored the 
Democratic Party, you just may 
need to improve your detective 

The first of your numbered 
points accused Barack Obama's 
proposal of enabling 95 percent 
of American tax payers to no 
longer pay taxes. This is yet 
another sterling example of that 
Jack of political education. 

A tax cut does not mean tax 
obliteration - those people will 
all still pay taxes. 
You say, "...putting more stress 

on the top 5 percent. If you 
expect to make it big you will be 
burdened by it." 

I have a hard time sympathizing 
with the struggles, hardships, 
and burden of people making six 

Next comes the accusation 
that Obama "turned down" a 
particular legislation, is sexist and 
has no family value. 

Senators do not have the power 
to single-handedly turn down 

As far as the argument that 
Obama is sexist because of his 
"lipstick on a pig" remark is 
concerned, let's walk through 
what he said. 

Senator Obama was referring 
to McCain's strategy of calling 
his proposals "change" when he. 
said, "You can put lipstick on a 
pig - it's still a pig. You can wrap 
a dead fish in a piece of paper 
called 'change' - it's still going to 

The "lipstick" comment is an 
old analogy, not some sexist 
scheme by Barack Obama. He 
could have just as easily said, 
"You can put flowing blonde hair 
on a pig - it's still a pig." That 
wouldn't mean he is against the 
band Hanson, would it? 

You charge that Obama is less 
qualified than Palin (with only 
143 days in office), and saying 
that McCain agrees nearly 90 
percent with Bush cannot be 
true because it is too round of a 

As far as Obama's "143 days" 

allegation, Obama was sworn 
into the U.S. Senate on Jan. 4, 
2005, which was over 143 days 
ago last time I checked. 

I am not even going to touch 
your incoherent attempt at an 
argument on physical appearance 
in politics, because it does a better 
job of contrasting and arguing 
itself than I could ever do. 

Last, you dare to insult this 
newspaper and make conclusions 
about the ethical views and 
nature of our school. 

Who told you that this is a 
Conservative campus? 

Was it your seven Conservative 
Republican friends? 

We have the amazing privilege 
of a campus that is tremendously 
open-minded, accepting and 

Insulting the views of the 
newspaper because of an article 
published in the opinion section 
and having the audacity to deem 
somebody's views as unethical 
because they do not coincide with 
your own are marks of ignorance 
and prejudice. 

Next time you get the chance, 
I challenge you to look up a 
document called the United 
States Constitution, and then 
find the First Amendment. That 
should turn your world upside 

Had you made legitimate 
arguments to support your 
opinion and left it at that, your 
article wouldn't have turned 
in to such a debacle. Yet you 
decided to forego the sensible 

route and attack the author, the 
publication.and the ethical views 
of the school itself. 

Throw out as many big words 
and numbered arguments as you 
want; you can put lipstick on a 
bad article - it's still a bad article. 

-Dan Erickson, Senior 

'Sense' Doesn't Carry 
Much Worth 


I've never understood the 
ideology that there is a right 
choice and a wrong choice when 
it comes to voting. However, 
that's what Mr. Homesley 
appears to imply: McCain is right 
and Obama is wrong. 

There are several statements 
that disturb me in Mr. Homesley's 

The "lipstick on a pig" 
comment. Yes, Obama said it. 
Guess what? McCain has used 
that same one-liner, last year in 
fact. It is a figure of speech. 

And as far as it being a "sexist" 
remark, I'll remind Mr. Homesley 
that when McCain used it, he was 
referring to a Hillary Clinton 
proposal on health care. So, 
clearly, both candidates must be 
sexist. . 

Consider the following: 

Barack Obama earned a 
B.A. in political science with a 
specialization in international 
relations from Columbia 
University while Sarah Palin 
was competing for a tiara. Out 

of the two candidates who are 
questioned for their experience, 
who do you think seems better 
prepared for the U.S. presidency? 

Just to clarify for Mr. Homesley, 
John McCain voted with 
President Bush 95 percent of 
the time in 2007, according to 
the Congressional Quarterly's 
Voting Studies. McCain's support 
of Bush's position has been as 
low as 77 percent (in 2005). To 
be fair, Obama voted in line with 
President Bush 40 percent of the 
time last year. 

Realistically, both candidates 
have typically voted along with 
their respective parties since 
they've been in the Senate. 

What probably disturbs me the 
most in Mr. Homesley's op-ed 
are remarks made in his last two 

California Lutheran University 
is not a "Conservative Christian 
campus." I challenge Mr. 
Homesley to give me any proof 
that clearly states "CLU is a 
Conservative Christian school." 

Mr. Homesley does admit 
that one has the right to be 
Conservative or Liberal in this 
country. But to suggest that 
a Liberal-thinking student is 
viewed as "unethical" at CLU 
is what is truly ludicrous. For 
someone who thinks he has 
"sense," that has to be the most 
nonsensical comment I've ever 

-Kevin Holt, Junior 

October 15, 2008 


Page 9 

Food prices gone foul 


Like a large number of my 
fellow students, I have a 
ton of outside expenses in 
addition to my school costs. 
The tuition and student fees 
are outrageous, and like a 
lot of students I'm up to my 
neck in student loans. Not 
to mention, textbook prices 
are absolutely ridiculous. 
In the end, what really 
makes me frustrated is the 
fact that I can't afford to 
eat on campus. 

I'm sure I'm not the only 
one on campus who has 
complained about high 
food prices, especially 
for those of us who are 
commuter students. 

Residents are forced into 
purchasing a meal plan, 
while commuters have no 
option other than spending 
their last few bucks on an 
overpriced sandwich. 

However, it's not just 
commuters who are 

affected. Residents are also 
experiencing this same 
dilemma now that Mogen 
Market has eliminated meal 
plans. Now, students have 
to pay for their food, a huge 
inconvenience considering 
that they already pay for 
their meal plans. 

Given that Mogen Market 
charges nearly double for 
food, students would be 
better off shopping for 
groceries down the street 
at Trader Joes. At least 
there we could purchase 
a week's worth of lunches 
for the amount of what 
two lunches could cost on 

I can tell you that the 
food they're selling at the 
cafeteria can't possibly 
cost a fraction of what is 
being charged, especially 
since they buy everything 
in bulk. It's not like they're 
purchasing freshly grown 
organic produce from local 
farmers or serving freshly 
squeezed orange juice. 

They're purchasing frozen 
salty chicken breasts from 
some company thousands 
of miles away and serving 
frozen "just add water" 

orange juice. And what 
about the pre-packaged 
drinks they sell on 
campus such as sodas and 
smoothies? Three dollars 
for a little smoothie? Give 
me a break. 

I know the school benefits 
from profits they made off 

I know the school ben- 
efits from profits made 
off food, and although I'm 
sure the extra funding is 
going to good use, CLU 
dining could get away with 
lowering the price by a 
least a few bucks. 

food, and although I'm 
sure the extra funding is 
going to good use, CLU 
dining could get away with 
lowering the price by at 
least a few bucks. 

Not only are we spending 
a lot on food, we are 
also waiting a long time 
to spend it. Long lines, 
especially in the Centrum, 
have been an issue this 
semester. It could be for 
a number of reasons: 
new employees, lack of 
employees. Or maybe even 
lazy employees or simply 
it could just be due to 
the fact that there are too 
many students; most likely 

it's due to this year's large 
freshman class. 

There are two places where 
you just know the food 
is going to be horrible... 
hospitals and university 
cafeterias. It's cliche to 
dislike the food on campus. 
It is rare to find students 
who are satisfied with what 
catering companies have 
to offer. The food is either 
greasy, tastes like rubber or 
is hard to cut. 

However, I have actually 
heard the contrary here. 
A lot of people I know say 
they moderately like the 
food, especially the variety 
and that's great. 

Not all students are lucky 
enough to go to a school 
where there are multiple 
cafeterias have food that 
students actually like. 
Not all students are lucky 
enough to have dining 
services that actually care. 

Given the fact that we 
already spend enough 
money on tuition, gas, 
textbooks and other 
necessities, food should be 
discounted for students. 

I'm not asking for a 
miracle, only to put food 
where my mouth is, not my 


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Speakers Series 

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The Office of Campus Ministry 


Becca Stevens and the Women of 

Wednesday, October 22 
10:10-10:40 am University Chapel . 

4:00 pm Samuelson Chapel 

Creating Social Enterprise in Your Region 

through Empowering the Powerless: 

An Entrepreneurship with a Mission 

Becca Stevens is the founder of the Women of 

Magdalene and Thistle Farms. Magdalene is a twelve 

year old organization founded on a simple premise: love 

changes lives. They have five residential communities 

of women who all have criminal histories of drug abuse 

and prostitution. Without ever having to pay a cent, each 

woman shares in this community of recovery for two 

years, receiving housing, food, medical aid, therapy, 

education and job training. Magdalene residents also 

participate in Thistle Farms and hand-make nationally 

distributed natural bath and body care products. 


It's a hard knock life 


With midterms in full swing, 
it's no wonder that California 
Lutheran University students are 
feeling pressure. 

Stress is part of everyday life, 
but college students experience 
unique stressors that may 
ultimately lead to adverse health 

College students are expected to 
balance the pressure of academic 
performance on top of countless 
other stressors. Some college 
students have multiple jobs; 
students are expected to not only 
manage multiple bosses, but also 
multiple professors. This leads 
to what is commonly known as 
feeling "pulled in 'all directions." 

College is a unique environment 
for stress because a college 
student's work is never done. 
Unlike a 9-to-5 job, there is 
always an essay to be written or 
an upcoming project to work on, 
after a regular day of class is over. 

In addition students experience 

many of the everyday kinds of 
pressure that non-students and 
graduates deal with, like paying 
for car insurance or doing your 
own laundry for the first time. 
In between laundry, classes and 
jobs, students are expected to 
decide what to do with the rest 
of our lives, both personally and 

While working toward our 
future career choices and finding 
a life-long partner, students also 
need to worry about normal 
adult stressors including social, 
financial and intrapersonal 
issues. It seems as if many older 
adults devalue and dismiss the 
pressures that come along with 
being a college student while 
managing and planning for the 

A normal level of stress is a 
good thing. Stress motivates 
and stimulates us to get things 
done and it can even heighten 
performance. However, stress 
levels tend to build over time, 
and chronic high levels of stress 
can lead to a condition called 
overstress. When not managed 
well, overstress can result in a 
physical illness or anxiety and 

Just listing all of these 
causes and effects of stress has 
completely stressed me out. So 
what can we do about our stress? 

The first step is to recognize 
when your stress levels are high 

and acknowledge that it is a serious 
issue that needs to be addressed. 

CLU does a great job offering 
students resources to deal with 
stress and anxiety. The counseling 
department offers one-on-one 
counseling, and has offered stress 
reduction and relaxation groups 
in the past. 

For the over-committed student 
like me, scheduling one more 
appointment or one more meeting 
would probably send me over the 
edge; however it is helpful to be 
informed about the causes and 
effects of your stress. The Student 
Counseling Services' Web site 
is full of great resources to help 
students address their stress. There 
is even an anxiety self-test on the 
Web site. 

I particularly liked the "Ten Self- 
Care Techniques" offered by the 
CLU Student Counseling Services. 
These techniques included things 
like learning to relax, getting 
organized, exercising, and talking 
to friends. 

1 also recommend taking up 
yoga or pilates. These classes 
often combine your workout 
with personal meditation time. I 
strongly believe that it is essential 
for all people to have time for 
intrapersonal reflections. 

Learning how to manage your 
stress level is vital for maintaining 
your health and overall well-being. 
So take a deep breath, relax, and 
enjoy each moment for what it is. 

California Lutheran University 

Page 10 

^ The Echo . 


October 15,2008 

Lacrosse is on the rise out west 

New conference 
and tournament 
fuel Kingsmen 

By Jeff Chaney 

Echo Staff Writer 

A new season, new 
conference and premier 
tournament are on tap 
for the Kingsmen lacrosse 
team this year. This year 
is the first opportunity for 
the California Lutheran 
University club to host its 
own exhibition tournament, 
the Kingsmen Invitational, 
on campus Nov. 15. 

"We are really excited about 
having our first tournament. 
£t's another big step in 
the right direction for the 
lacrosse program," one of 
the captains, Noah Flores 


Some of the teams that 
will be competing in the 
Kingsmen Invitational are 
the University of Southern 
California, Pepperdine, 

Cal State Long Beach and 
Occidental College. 

"Building off last year, I 
feel that we have the most 
legitimate team CLU lacrosse 
has ever seen," Flores said. 

Quite a few players that 
are going into their second 
season with the Kingsmen 
have been showing progress 
and seem to be hitting their 
stride stronger than the year 

"Some of the younger guys 
got some games under their 
belts last year and they are 
fired up for this year," Flores 

The Kingsmen are lucky 
to have the most dominant 
goalie in their entire league, 

captain, Rudy Dini. He was 
the 2006 New Jersey state 
champion, and has proven 
himself in some critical 
matches from coast to coast. 
Flores will also be laying 
down the defensive hammer 
out on the field. Opposing 
attackmen won't be sleeping 
well knowing that they have 
to go through those guys to 


The midfielders are 
definitely going to be using 
their rookie season game 
experiences to stay sharp. 

"Our midfielders have 
a lot of heart and are the 

workhorses of our team," 
Flores said. 

One of the most dominant 
attackmen in the league, 
Will Scarbrough, will be 
coming out full force, as 
this is it his senior season. 
He is extremely fast on the 
field and handles his lacrosse 
stick well. 

"Will is going to go big 
this season, it's his last year 
and his quickness and stick 
knowledge is stronger than 
we have ever seen it," Flores 

He suggests that fans rally 
in support of the lacrosse 
athletes at Thousand Oaks' 
Stuft Bar & Grill on Nov. 1. 
Fans can meet the players 
and find out how to support 
this sport that is sweeping 
the West Coast and CLU. 

The team is happy to get 
some preseason action 
before it jumps into the new 


The Southwest Lacrosse 
Conference (SWLC) consists 
of teams from Cal State Long 
Beach, Occidental College, 
Pepperdine University, UC 
Irvine, Biola and Marymount 

"I am really excited about 
our relationship with the 
community and the support 
we have gotten from the local 
businesses like Stuft Bar & 
Grill," Scarbrough said. 

"It's the support from our 
school, the community and 
our peers that really help us 
achieve our goals, which of 
course is to make the playoffs 
and have a championship 

Lacrosse fans can support 
Cal Lutheran at its home 
matches on the North 
Campus fields just across the 

Regals soccer flawless at home 

Women take 
two SCIAC 
opponents down 

By Krystle Van Deusen 
Echo Staff Writer 

Winning games half by half is 
the new strategy for the California 
Lutheran University women's 
soccer team. 

The Regals won two back-to- 
back conference matches at home 
last week against Occidental 
College and the University of La 

vCLU will continue with the 
second round of SCIAC play 
today at Pomona- Pitzer Colleges. 

"Occidental was a huge win for 
us," sophomore Brittany Clark 
said. "Developing these crucial 
wins will help our momentum 
going into the second half of 
conference play." 

Clark dribbled through three 
defenders and drifted the 
ball right over Occidental's 
goalkeepers' head providing the 
opening goal. 

Cal Lutheran drew many corner 
kicks creating many opportunities 
and finally benefited from the 
final attempt. Senior Lauren Hess 
crossed the ball finding Clark's 
head: She volleyed it to freshman 
Jennifer Jones who in turn, 
headed her first CLU goal, ending 
the match with a 2-0 victory. 

"This was like our turning point 

in the season," Hess said. "It was 
our last game of the first half of 
conference, and we're playing 
with a lot more heart and a lot 
more as a team." 

With the momentum from 
the victory over Occidental, the 
Regals came into the second 
half of conference games with 
no mercy. Seeing La Verne for 
the second time the Regals knew 
what they were up against. 

CLU was dominating the whole 
first half of play, out shooting the 
Leopards 9-3. With 30 minutes 
on the clock, La Verne's Falisha 
Ramirez booted one out of the 
three shots, placing it in the back 
of the net. 

The Regals had a chance to tie 
up the score when junior Lynsey 
Gagnon earned a penalty kick 
late in the second half. Senior 
Marisa Zambetti hit it off the 
upper right post, as Cal Lutheran 
continued to halftime down one 
goal against the Leopards. 

"At halftime we talked about not 
putting our heads down, we still 
had 45 minutes left," Clark said. 
"We focused on just winning the 
second half and forgetting about 
the first half." 

CLU dominated the second half 
with many great attempts on 
goal, but ULV's goalkeeper kept 
the Regal's scoreless. 

In the 80 ,h minute, Clark, with 
an assist from Zambetti, broke 
through and bent in a shot, 
tallying her team high sixth goal 
of the season and tying the game 

Senior Lauren Hess, 14, avoids giving the ball to an Oxy defender. 

With three minutes left, and 
an "I don't want to tie" attitude 
for the Regals, senior Lauren 
McGuigan dished the ball to 
freshman Rosemarie Lombardi. 

Lombardi volleyed it off her 
chest and to her feet, booting it 
into the back of the net to conceal 
the game winning goal. 

"It shows a lot of character to 

come back and beat a team," 
assistant coach Frank Marino 
said. "We did everything we said 
at halftime that we would do in 
this half, we put our words into 
actions, and that shows a lot of 

The Regals are off to a great start, 
winning their first conference 
game in the second round. Cal 

Photo by Nathan Hoyt 

Lutheran tied Pomona Pitzer their 
first time against them. With two 
back-to-back wins, the women's 
soccer team will find it easier to 
play with a positive momentum. 

"We know what Pomona- Pitzer 
can do, and we are both equally 
balanced teams," Marino said. 
"It's going to come down to who 
wants it more." 

October 15, 2008 


Page 11 

More than your average coach 

CLU volleyball 
coach makes 
team a family 

By Jeff Chaney 
Echo Staff Writer 

Some California Lutheran 
University athletes are lucky 
enough to experience their 
eligible years with a team of 
young adults that bond with 
their coach as a family unit. 

The Regal's volleyball coach 
Kellee Roesel has made herself 
that parental figure for many 
of her players and her family 
values have resulted in success 
and respect. 

"As a team, we are one big 
family that takes the good 
with the bad and always 
focuses on our success for 
the future," senior Summer 
Plante-Newman said. 

Roesel is not only the Regal's 
head coach, she is also a full 
time teacher at Moorpark 
High School and assistant 
Men's Volleyball coach at 
Moorpark College. She has an 
impressive player success rate, 
academically and athletically. 

"The success of her 
players is a direct result 
of the relationship she has 
established with them, and 

Coach Kellee Roesel fires up her players to perform the best they can. 

that is something the best 
coaches drive for," water polo 
coach Matt Warshaw said. 

Coach Roesel has a special 
way of getting the best out of 
her players. She believes that 
a team is like a family. 

"Kellee and her family are 
very close and she includes our 
team in that circle. Its not very 
common to see a coach invite 
her players into her mother's 
house for team activities or 

to see your coach's mom at 
just about every game," senior 
Lindsey Benson said. 

Roesel, like most coaches is 
focused on winning, but it's 
her extra efforts outside of 
practice hours that build a 
team capable of winning. 

"She (Roesel) is also very 
concerned about our team 
connection both on and off 
the court," Plante-Newman 
said. "We will always 

Photo by Doug Barnett 

remember our team lip sync 
contests, our 'Amazing Race' 
competitions and story time 
during our road trips. She has 
helped turn our team into a 
family who would do anything 
for one another, both on and 
off the court." 

Coach Kellee, who won her 
50th game at CLU last week, 
is able to push her players te 
play their best. 

She tries to get her players to 

believe in each other and show 
just how much they mean to 
one another. 

"She has taught me not 
only to be confident in my 
ability as a player, but to be 
confident in myself. Kellee is 
a very confident woman and 
she leads by example," Benson 

Roesel has also helped her 
players on a more personal 

"!n all situations she helps 
me keep my faith and believe 
that everything happens for a 
reason," Plante-Newman said. 

The respect she has among 
the volleyball community 
is a result of the respect she 
herself has given to all aspects 
of the sport. 

"When I think of Kellee 
Roesel, I think: respect. Kellee 
is the type of person that you 
automatically have respect 
for, not just because she is 
your coach, but also because 
she treats everyone as equals. 
She treats everyone with the 
same amount of respect that 
she would want given to her," 
Benson said. 

These days it isn't tough to 
come by someone with the 
title of "good coach." 

But a coach who is great and 
ii unanimously sespected by 
players and faculty peers, is 

Broken jaw not enough to slow Regals 

Cal Lutheran 
volleyball goes 
3-1 at East Bay 

By Jackson Damron 

Echo Staff Writer 

No pain, no gain. One might 
use this cliche to describe what 
happened to senior outside 
hitter Summer Plante-Newman 
over the weekend. 

Right after becoming the 
university's all-time kills 
leader, Plante-Newman 

suffered a severe jaw injury 
when she collided with a fellow 

CLU has the next week off 
for rest and will continue 
conference play as they take on 
NCAA Division III third ranked 
La Verne University on Tuesday. 

When they last met, the La 
Verne Leopards swept the 
Regals at home. They will look 
to even the season series when 
they meet again at La Verne. 

Last weekend CLU traveled 
up to Cal State East Bay and 
took care of business on Friday 
defeating Mount St. Joseph 
(Md.) 3-1, and sweeping 
Bowdoin (Maine) 3-0. 

CLU has only lost one game to- 

an out-of-state opponent this 
year and hopes that will show 
up big in the eyes of the NCAA 
selection committee. 

"The one loss against out- 
of-state opponents does a lot 
for our program," senior setter 
Lindsey Benson said. "It not 
only gives us more confidence 
as a team, but it shows other 
teams we can hang in there with 
other nationally ranked teams 
that might be ranked higher 
than us." 

On Saturday the Regals fell 
to the host team, East Bay, but 
took care of UC Santa Cruz in 
three games. 

"I think it was a good 
conference win for us," Benson 
said. "UC Santa Cruz is a great 
team. They were very scrappy 
and did not let many balls hit 
the ground at all. We really 
wanted to win that game for 
Summer and we did. We have a 
very stacked team and a lot of 
the girls stepped up to the plate 
for the match." 

Although the Regals were able 
to put Plante-Newman's injury 
behind them and finish the 
tournament, they aren't eager to 
have her gone for long. 

"Summer is a very aggressive 
player and will sacrifice herself 
to-make-a play-an d that i s wh y- 

Photo by Doug Barnett 
Allison Kerr, 21, and Summer Plante-Newman, 14, set a block. 

she is the player she is," Benson 
said. "Knowing Summer, she 
wanted to be back on the court 
the next day... But hopefully she 
will be back A.S.A.P., because 
-we-miss-her." — - 

Earlier in the week, CLU 
finished the first round of 
SCIAC play, beating University 
of Redlands 3-0. 

Head coach Kellee Roesel 

Tarned-victory—Nor-SO -of- her 

three-year career at CLU upon 
defeating Redlands. 

CLU sophomore Megan 
Thorpe hit .391 on the evening 
recording nine kills and 10 digs. 

The Regals won by match 
scores of 25-22, 25-16 and 25- 
23. Since 2003 the Regals have 
not lost to the Bulldogs and 
_ extended their win streak over 
Redlands to nine matches. 

CLU and SCIAC Athlete of 
the Week Cori Hayes has been 
on fire as of late and connected 
for six kills while hitting .294 
for the match. Through six 
conference matches Hayes is 
hitting .500 and is second on 
the team with 18 assists. 

Benson handed out 29 assists 
to go along with six digs 
and four kills. Her first of a 
match-high five service aces 
gave Benson 100 in her career 
before adding four more in the 

Allison Kerr had an efficient 
night going for eight kills on 15 
attempts and hit at a .400 clip. 

Redlands' Katy Douglas 
matched Kerr's effort with a 
.400 mark while connecting for 
a team-high seven kills. 

The Regals hope to continue 
their strong play as of late into 
the second round of SCIAC 

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October 15,2008 

Game makes coming home triumphant 

By Nicole Flanary 
Echo Staff Writer 

Fueled by a large homecoming 
crowd, California Lutheran 
University severed the 

Sagehens Saturday at Mt. Clef 
Stadium 44-13. 

The Kingsmen football team 
pummeled Pomona-Pitzer to 
earn its second SCIAC win of 
the season. 

The Kingsmen play again on 
Saturday at Claremont-Mudd- 
Scripps at 1 p.m. 

In the first possession for Cal 
Lutheran, junior quarterback 
Jericho Toilolo connected with 
senior receiver Jesse Matlock 
on two different passes. 

Matlock's second reception 
of 46-yards was the first 
touchdown pass thrown by 
Toilolo this season. 

"Jesse Matlock really had a 
big impact on the game. He 
made some exceptional plays," 
receiver Kevin Shaifer said. 
"The defense also played at a 
high level." 

ggOn CLU's next drive, junior 
Jackson Damron completed a 
33-yard field goal to extend 
the lead 10-3. 

Damron has a 100 percent 
completion rate for field goal 
attempts this season. 

Following Damron's field 
goal, the Kingsmen defense 
dominated Pomona, giving 
the CLU offense another 
opportunity to drive down the 

Toilolo added seven points to 
the running tally with a 3-yard 
touchdown run to complete a 
50-yard drive. 

"Jericho is beginning to hit 

Photo by Art Miller 

Antoine Adams, 20, receives a handofffrom Quarterback Jericho Toilolo, 12. Adams rushed for 48 yards in the 

his stride, the linemen are 
playing strong and the running 
backs are giving exceptional 
effort out there on the pigskin," 
Matlock said. 

Pomona's defense stopped 
the Kingsmen on their next 
drive, but the CLU defense 
proved even more up against 
the Sagehen offense, forcing a 
three and out. 

"Our defense really put us in 
good position the entire game," 
Shaifer said. "One player who 
stood out for me was Calzone. 
He had a great game." 

Senior Jacob Calderon, 
otherwise known as Calzone, 
had a game-high ten tackles 
for the Kingsmen, four of 
which were sacks. 

Fellow defenseman, freshman 
Dennis Clay made his presence 
felt throughout the game, 
contributing nine tackles 
including an interception. 

"We played our pants off 
out there and the results were 
positive," Matlock said. "We're 
improving every week as a team 
and that is very encouraging." 

Pomona managed to put 

points on the board at the 
end of the second, cutting the 
Kingsmen lead to 24-6, and 
then playing well defensively 
forcing CLU's second punt of 
the game. 

However, the Kingsmen 
kept up the intensity, with 
two successful field goals by 

"The alumni and the crowd 
gave us a lot of energy to feed 
off of," Shaifer said. 

Damron's 31 and 49 yard 
kicks kept his streak alive, 
making him 12-12 for the 


The last score for CLU came 
via freshman running back 
Derek Martinez. The 24-yard 
touchdown was his third of 
the year. 

Martinez only got the ball 
twice in the game, netting 28 
yards on offense, nearly all of 
it coming on his touchdown 

Junior Alex Gomez added 27 
yards on five carries to round 
out the Kingsmen three- 
headed rushing attack. 

CLU's offense out did 
themselves, racking up a 
season high 304 yards of total 

The 44 points scored by the 
Kingsmen were also a season 

Toilolo went 18-27 in the 
victory, proving to be a 
powerful leader of the CLU 

CLU's air-game caught the 
Sagehens off-guard Saturday. 

Led by Matlock with 119 
yards, the electric receiving 
corps accumulated a total of 
187 yards and two touchdowns 
in the game. 

Senior Kyle Van Vales and 
senior Danny Hernandez 
had three and four catches 
respectively, followed by 
junior Chris Hammond, senior 
Sean Coen and junior Antoine 
Adams who added two apiece. 

CLU managed to convert 5- 
10 third downs, while holding 
Pomona-Pitzer to 7-20 in third 
down situations. 

"We accomplished what we 
set out to in the game versus 
Pomona," Shaifer said. "Every 
week our main goal is victory." 

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Volume 52, Number 6 

October 22, 2008 

Trinity hall is becoming reality 

Hall continues to 
take shape for on- 
time completion 

By Kelsey Bonesteel 

Echo Staff Writer 

Students have noticed the lack 
in parking, restricted areas on the 
west side of campus and possibly 
the loud noises on a Saturday 
mornings. This is all due to the 
upcoming addition to campus, 
Trinity hall. 

The new resident hall is 
scheduled to be open for students: 
Fall 2009. The $14 million 
building will include rooms 
much like Grace hall. A few new 
floor plans will be added. Six, 
six-bedroom rooms including 
two bathrooms will be offered, 
also 12 studio style rooms as well. 
The remainder of the rooms, will 
be four, single person bedrooms; 
mirroring Grace hall. 

Valarie Crooks is the senior 
project manager at CLU. Trinity 
hall is her main focus this year, 
but Crooks is also responsible 
for the community pool, new 
facilities building, the six new 
tennis courts" and the Swenson 

"I'm very excited; the students 
are going to love it," Crooks 

A construction worker is hard at work building the frame for Trinity hall 

said. "This will be the first living 
learning center." 

CLU is trying a new approach 
to learning next year. Trinity 
hall will include two rooms for 
classes. Next year some students 
will get the privilege to have a 
class right down the hall from 
where they live. 

As well as new floor plans, 
this building has a unique 
architectural plan. "There will be 
five different levels and it will be 
a very interesting and appealing 
building," Chris Paul, associate 

director of student life said. 

The majority of the building 
has three floors, though in one 
section there will be four. The 
building is being built on a slope, 
giving it a 20-foot elevation 

Trinity hall is on a very tight 
construction schedule. 

Overtime has been approved 
for the workers to keep ahead of 

All the underground plumbing, 
electric and communication 
lines are complete. The same 

Photo by Doug Bamett 

architect, construction firm and 
site manager from Grace hall are 
being used. ««■ 

"We will be hiring a fairly 
large crew to frame the building. 
Because of the economy, 
construction crews are available," 
Bill Rosser, vice president of 
Student Affairs/ dean of students 

The biggest concern is whether 
Trinity hall will be finished on 

"We are desperately hoping we 
have a dry winter," Crooks said. 

"The most important thing is the 
framing and the roof in January. 
As of right now, it's all looking 
very good." 

The board is trying to avoid the 
confusion that happened around 
Mogen hall's grand opening. 

The year Mogen hall was 
scheduled to open, the 
construction was delayed. 
Students that had signed up to 
live in the hall had to relocate to 
various hotels and apartments in 
Thousand Oaks. 

"Next spring, during housing 
selection, we will have a better 
idea if the hall will be ready or 
not," Rosser said. 

Some students are asking, 
whether the parking decrease 
and the loud noises are worth it? 

"I think that for some students 
it is hard to be excited about a 
building that could be causing a 
lot of noise by where they live as 
well as parking hassles," said Paul. 
"But for the most part, I think 
that the community is eager to 
see what this building will look 

There is a meeting every week to 
discuss the plans and status of the 
hall. In February there will be a 
board meeting to finalize pricing 
and construction deadlines. 

"I have great confidence in this 
project," Rosser said. "If you like 
Grace hall, you are going to love 

Homecoming dance gets out of hand 

By Dana Blackburn 
Echo Staff Writer 

Stories spread like wildfire 
across the California Lutheran 
University campus about excessive 
drinking before and during 
the dance during homecoming 
weekend. The dance was held at 
Cinespace on Hollywood Blvd., at 
the corner of Ivar and Hollywood 
on the top floor: 

Upon arriving to the dance 
students were asked for 
identification, checked on the 
university's birthday list of 
students over the age of 21 and 
those permitted to drink were 

given wristbands. 

"Homecoming dress: $100; 
alcohol before the event: $40; 
ticket to the homecoming dance: 
$35; and watching someone 
throw up on themselves before 
exiting the limo: priceless," said 
Ashley Casella, junior at CLU. 

This year's homecoming dance 
sold a record breaking number 
of tickets, but presented a unique 
problem. Many students arrived 
at the dance in limousines and 
party buses, but due to the 
relatively unsupervised situation 
in arriving in such vehicles, 
students were able to drink prior 
to the event. 

Roughly 45 minutes after the 
dance began, security at the door 
stopped issuing wristbands to 
help alleviate issues associated 
with excessive drinking. 

"What I think it comes down 

"Everyone got home safe 
which was a big thing." 

— Jesse Knutson 

to is students not knowing 
their limit and not taking 
responsibility for the decisions 

that they made," said Amanda 
Whealon, coordinator for student 
leadership and programs. 

Students may have observed an 
ambulance or police car outside 
of the venue. 

Whealon dispelled the rumors 
circulating around campus by 
explaining that nobody was taken 
away in an ambulance or police 

However, extremely inebriated 
students were sent to the 
ambulance to be checked out 
before being sent safely home 
with friends. 

CLU administrators hold 
student safety as their priority 

and take every precaution to 
make sure that students are safe. 

Management at Cinespace, 
declined to comment on the 

"A couple people who we had to 
deal with outside were asked to 
leave because they were just too 
drunk to be safe for themselves 
and for the people around them," 
Whealon said. 

Approximately 90 percent of 
alcohol consumed by youth 
under the age of 21 in the United 
States is binge drinking according 
to the Center for Disease Control 
and Prevention. 

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October 22, 2008 

The madness begins at CLU 

Midnight Mad- 
ness kicks off the 
basketball season 

By Gigi Arjomand 

and Amanda Lovett 
Echo Staff Writers 

Sports mania, merriment and 
madness ensued when the clock 
struck 12 as Tuesday night's 
Midnight Madness marked 
the beginning of the 2008-09 
basketball season at California 
Lutheran University. 

Sponsored by ASCLU-G, 
Midnight Madness introduced 
this season's players on the 
Kingsmen and the Regals 
basketball teams with fun games 
and player spotlights. 

The event at the Gilbert Arena 
on the North Campus started 
at 11:15 p.m. and was hosted 
by Jordan Culpepper and Ryan 

The 10-second countdown 
to midnight was a semi- 
climax directly followed by the 
main focus of the night, the 
introduction and presenting of 
the 2008-09 CLU women's and 
men's basketball teams. 

The Regals were first to take 
place on stage, followed by 
presentation of the Kingsmen. 

"Everyone in the crowd was 
going crazy which got me really 
excited to start the season," 
Shana Moore, a center for the 
Regals said. 

The original Midnight 

Madness started at the 
University of Maryland in 1970. 
The head coach Lefty Driesell, 
who wanted to utilize every 
minute possible to get ahead 
of the competition, had his 
players, the Terrapins waiting 
for the first minute of the first 
day of practice at the stroke of 
midnight to occupy the court. 
Since its inception, teams all 

"I'm really hoping for an 
exciting season. Hope- 
fully we can repeat the 
success of last season." 

— Cameron Mitchell 

over the country have picked up 
this routine and it has became a 
tradition at many schools as well 
as at CLU. 

"[Midnight Madness] gives our 
team a chance to get ourselves 
out there for the school to see," 
said junior Cameron Mitchell, 
Kingsmen point guard. 

The night began with the 
annual relay games to initiate 
the season. 

The audience got fired up by as 
the CLU cheer squad danced to 
an intensive medley of pop and 
dance music. 

Another crowd pleasing 
entertainment act of the evening 
was performed by CLU's dance 

When they took the floor 
students could be seen dancing 
along with them in the stands. 

Along with the games, 
entertainment and food they 
gave out T-shirts, iPods and a 

Photo by Rachel Wolf 
Members of the "Purple Pit" get excited for Midnight Madness and the start of the basketball season. 

32-inch flat screen TV as the 
grand prize. 

Members of ASCLU-G were 
also throwing out free T-shirts, 
which encouraged the crowd to 
cheer as loud as possible. 

A surprised Kaitlyn Bell was 
the lucky winner of the TV at 
the event. 

As the Kingsmen and Regal 
team members were announced 
one-by-one the crowd cheered 
loudly as each player was 
spotlighted, particularly the 
starting seniors. 

Each player was given the 
chance to show his or her 
skills in a five-ball shoot out at 
different positions around the 

court, soaking in the energy 
from the audience. 

"It's exciting because the 
crowd is super pumped and we 
hope that they're that pumped 
at games," said senior Melissa 
Conway, Regals point guard. 

Mitchell described the 
spotlight as a cool feeling that 
is really different from high 
school. She explained it to be a 
big deal, especially being put on 
the big screen. 

The players also talked about 
what they do in the off-season 
and explained they still stay 

"[My favorite part about 
playing at CLU] is being able to 

make friends with all the guys. 
We are friends from the start, 
hanging out together even off 
the court," Mitchell said. 

"It makes good relationships 
that will probably last a while." 

Players are stoked for the 
upcoming season against SCIAC 

"I'm really hoping for an 
exciting season," Mitchell said. 
"Hopefully we can repeat the 
success of the last year for the 
SCIAC season title." 

The season will get underway 
with an exhibition against the 
Afghanistan national team on 
Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. 

Dance causes 
some changes 

(Continued from 1) 

Binge drinking is defined as 
four or more drinks for women 
and five or more drinks for 
men on a single occasion. 

A number of students that 
attended the homecoming 
dance were intoxicated. 

"Although the intention may 
not have been for students to 
arrive uncontrollably drunk, 
it ended- up being that way for 
a few people," said Andrew 
Brown, president of ASCLU-G. 

Brown explained that on a 
positive note he was grateful 
that students took appropriate 
steps to ensure a safe ride home 
from the event, which was held 
45 minutes away from campus. 

"Everyone got home safe 

which is a big thing," said Jesse 
Knutson, programs board 

CLU students are reminded 
that university's policies still 
stand at functions and events 
held off campus. 

More information on CLU's 
alcohol policy can be found in 
the student handbook. 

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Administrators will be holding 
a meeting to discuss future 
CLU events and possible extra 
precautions that may be taken 
to ensure that future events do 
not get as out of hand as this 
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Opera performance mystifies audience 

Beijin Opera 
brings Chinese 
culture to CLU 

By Amanda Lovett 
Echo Staff Writer 

The Beijing Opera brought in a 
full house on Monday night, from 
California Lutheran University 
and the surrounding community, 
to witness the remarkable display 
of Peking Opera scenes, colorful 
costumes and an informative 
lecture about the history of China's 
cultural entertainment. 

The event was brought to CLU 
by Dr. Debby Chang, instructor of 
upward bound, and hosted by the 
Multicultural Center. 

"I think it is wonderful if we can 
help to provide an experience like 
this that students can take with 
them throughout their lives," 
Angela Rowley, assistant director 
of multicultural and international 
programs, said. 

"It will help them to become 
even more interested in other 
cultural experiences that present 
themselves in the future." 

Originally from Beijing, the Mei 
Lanfang Beijing Opera Troupe 
presented themselves in selected 
scenes from famous Peking Opera 

§erformances. The scenes depicted 
umor, love and martial arts, 
keeping the audience engaged in 

the action on stage. 

The lecture portion of the 
event included a history of the 
greatest female impersonator 
in Peking Opera, Mei Lanfang 
(whose disciple is one of the 
performers in the Beijing Opera 
Troupe), and the beginnings of 
Peking Opera, going into detail 

"The intricacy of their move- 
ments was engaging... the 
details of their movements 
and costumes made it fun 
and interesting to watch. " 

— Hayley Woldseth 

about some of the characters 

Among these characters are 

,the sheng, the male roles; dan, 

the female roles jing, the painted 

face action role; chou, the clown 


Many of these involved martial 
arts actions to portray the 

Peking Opera uses song 
and dance to depict a story 
by incorporating beauty into 
movements and actions. 

"I learned a lot about Chinese 
culture that I didn't know 
before," junior Lauren Bridges 

"My favorite was definitely 
the monkey stealing the food 
scene. It reminds me of my 
roommates!" Bridges said. 

Among the scenes were two 

from "The Legend of White 
Snake," "The Crossroads," "The 
Monkey" and "Farewell, My 

"The two men in a pitch black 
room attempting to kill each 
other [The Crossroads] was the 
best scene. We could see them, 
but their expression lead me to 
believe the room was pitch black. 
It was awesome," senior Hayley 
Woldseth said. 

"I laughed throughout the 
different scenes," Woldseth said. 

This performance of the Peking 
Opera brings forth many aspects 
to the cultural diversity of Cal 
Lutheran, teaching students 
and community members 
about a culture that they are 
inexperienced with. 

"What. I loved about this 
performance is that I had 
students come up to me after the 
event saying that it was the first 
time they had seen anything like 
that before," Rowley said. 

"For them it was a new 
experience that opened their eyes 
to a culture they had previously 
been unfamiliar with." 

Many students enjoyed the 
artistic beauty portrayed in the 
Peking Opera scenes. 

"The intricacy of their 
movements was engaging. 

The details of their movements 
and costumes made it fun and 
interesting to watch," Woldseth 

The 2 1/2 hour lecture was 

Photo by Desiree D'Arienzo 
Member of the Mei Lanfang Opera performs in the Preus-Brandt Forum. 

spoken in Chinese and translated 
into English for the audience. It 
was complete with humor. 

"I had a student come up to me 
after the event and say how nice 
it was to go to an event and hear 
people speaking in their native 
tongue," Rowley said. 

However, for some people in 
the audience, the lecture seemed 
to be a little bit too long with not 
enough action on stage. 

"The balance between the 
lecture and performance was 
not ideal," Woldseth said. "I 
left wanting to see more opera 
performed and a was bit bored 

with the discussion that seemed 
to go on for quite some time." 

The Multicultural Center 
intends to bring more events 
like this back to CLU and the 

"I think it is a great way for our 
students to learn more about 
other cultures," Rowley said. 

The stage performance was 
a success in inspiring many 
students to learn more about 
this culture and representing fine 

"Overall, the event was great and 
I am glad that CLU is sponsoring 
artistic events," Woldseth said. 

Non-profit panel encourages activism 

By Jennifer Tholse 
Echo Staff Writer 

The career center at California 
Lutheran University arranged 
for seven speakers from different 
organizations to educate students 
about the non-profit world last 
Wednesday, Oct. 15. 

Junior Beth Peters, one of the 
students present, had worked for 
a non-profit organization during 
the summer and was eager to 
learn more. 

"I liked most of what I heard 
and I liked how real they were, 
how one of them said that she 
didn't earn as much money any 
more," Peters said. 

Each speaker was given 10 
minutes to explain everything 
about how they got to where 
they are in their career, how 
much money they make or 
what they like most and worst 
about working for a non-profit 

The first speaker, Lynn Sylva, 
from Big Brothers Big Sisters of 
Ventura County, explained how 
she enjoyed working with kids for 
a good cause. 

She shared that she is a Big Sister 
to three different girls and how 
wonderful that experience is. 

Sylva said that it isn't about 
spending money on these kids 
but just to spend time with them, 
a few hours a week. 

She encouraged everyone to 
try it. 

"My spirit has been lifted since 
I started and I sleep very well at 

We're not asking you to change 
your life, but to 

including doing digital art for 

She explained how she got 

hooked into the field by doing a 

favor for a friend and then fell in 

love with the non-profit world. 

"Working in 

change theirs," 
she said. 

The last 

speaker Terry 
M arcel 1 i n o 
Wo o d c r a f t 

explained that she used to work 
with things completely the 
opposite of non-profit work, 

"We try to get you in- 
volved in whatever you 
are interested in..." 

— Lindsey Garner 

Marcellino said. 

a non-profit 
is so much 
more cool than 
working in a 
corporation. I 
took a $20,000 
pay cut but 
I'm so much 
happier and it's 
less stressful," 

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Students listen to speakers from non-profit organizations. 

encouraged the students to start 
doing internships. 

Melissa Thompson-Jinariu 
from "Inner Circle Foster 
Care and Adoption Services" 
explained that non-profit is a 
very exciting field to be in. 

She also said that she gets the 
opportunity to do a wide range 
of different things so she never 
gets bored. 

"We are always looking for 
qualified interns. 

We have our interns working 
as regular employees, but its 
unpaid. You need to be prepared 
to be workable," Thompson- 
linariu said. 

Lindsey Garner from Senior 
Development Associates 

explained that her group offers 
paid internships, usually evolving 
into a part-time position. 

She explained that their 
organization is huge, with 50 
staff strong in which everyone 
has diverse jobs. 

Garner said that the staff has 
everything from a business 
degree to an art or music degree. 

"We try to get you involved 
in whatever you are interested 
in, and that it fits our needs," 
Garner said. 

Students who missed the 
opportunity to listen to the 
speakers, can visit the Career 
Center to pick up information 
and contacts for the different 
non-profit organizations. 

California Lutheran University 

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October 22, 2008 

Around the Campus 

October 22 

October 23 



October 24 



October 25 

University Chapel: Rebecca 
Stevens, Thistlewood Farms 

10 a.m. Samuelson Chapel 

The Tournees Festival: Bamako 

7 p.m. Preus-Brandt Forum 

The Need: Craft Club 

10:15 p.m. SUB 

Poetry Night 

7 p.m. SUB 

Fall Blackbox Series 

8 p.m. O.G. Black Box Theatre 

Founders Day Concert: 
Romantic Visions 

8 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

Celebrating Diwali 

9 p.m. Overton Hall 

Kingsmen Football Tailgate Party 

11:30 a.m. Kingsmen sidelines 

Kingsmen Football vs. Chapman 

1 p.m. Mt. Clef Stadium 



October 26 


October 27 



October 28 

Next week on campus 

Celebrating 30 Years of Service 
with Habitat for Humanity 

10 a.m. Lundring Events Center 

How fathers and sons influence 
each other throughout their lives 

5 p.m. Lundring Events Center 


Double, double toil 
and trouble; fire 
burn and cauldron 

~ Shakespeare's "Macbeth' 




I . Halloween Month 

3. Rides a broom in the moonlight 

5. Season of Halloween 

7. You might wear a sheet to look 

like one of these 
1 0. Trick or 

I I . The name of a famous vampire 

1 4. Turns into a wolf when the moon 

is full 
1 6. You find these stones in a grave 

1 8. Sweet treats given on Halloween 


2. A black one is said to bring bad 

3. A spider makes one of these 

4. A house occupied by ghosts 

6. You wear a on Halloween 

8. The dead rest here 

9. Dracula is one of these 

1 2. Potions are created in this 

13. Hoots at night 

1 5. Something you say to scare 

1 7. Flying nocturnal mammal 

California Lutheran University 

P I The Echo 


October 22, 2008 

Page 5 

Long-time professor gives back 

By Natasha Spiroff 
Echo Staff Writer 

When walking across the 
California Lutheran University 
campus, one cannot help but 
notice the signage identifying the 
species of plants and trees that are 
part of the campus arboretum. 

The Barbara Collins Arboretum 
is a joint project between Dr. 
Barbara Collins, professor of 
biology, and CLU with the 
purpose of educating individuals 
in the subject of botany whHe they 
enjoy the beauty of the plant life 
on campus. 

"If you don't study it, you just 
walk by," she said. 

Collins received a master of 
arts from Smith College and 
continued her education at the 
University of Illinois where she 
completed her master of science 
and her doctorate. 

Originally, she studied geology 
but after taking a course in botany, 
she discovered that botany was 
the path for her. She continued 
on her studies in the subject of 
botany and developed a passion 
for wildflowers. 

Photo by Rachel Wolf 
Dr. Barbara Collins identifies a tree on campus. In 2007 the campus was dedicated to her as an arboretum. 

While living on the East Coast, 
Collins studied the local terrain 
extensively. But because the 
terrain on the West Coast is so 
different from that on the East 
Coast, Collins had a lot to learn 

when she and her husband, 
Lorence, moved to California. 

"There is tremendous variety 
here," she said. 

"I love it now; it is much more 
exciting than the East Coast." 

The recent wildfires actually 
have a positive impact on the 
plant life in the chaparral. When 
a fire burns, nutrients are pushed 
into the soil and once the first 
rain falls, there is a boom in 


"A lot of plants will not bloom 
until after the heat of a fire," said 
Collins. "In a few weeks, it could 
be exciting to look in those areas." 

In the late 1990s, she and 
her husband, a photographer, 
traveled all around Southern 
California cataloging the plants 
from various terrains including 
the chaparral, mountain ranges 
and the deserts. 

During the summer months, 
Collins teaches a course focused 
on the wildflowers of the Sierras. 

"Students would ask me 
questions so I decided to take 
them on a tour," Collins said. 
"On just one tour we saw over 
one hundred types of plants. I 
really enjoy finding out what is 
on campus." 

The Barbara Collins Arboretum 
allows her to do just that. 

Dr. Ritch Eich, vice president of 
marketing and communications, 
and Dr. Joesph Everson, professor 
of religion, first envisioned a 
labeling of all plants on campus. 
. The two worked collaboratively 
with Collins and brought to life 
the arboretum. 

"It is an ongoing process," 
Collins said. "We started with 25 
signs and continue to add more. 
It is fun going around to see what 
needs labeling." 

At the inauguration of Dr. John 
Sladek, former CLU president, 
it was announced that the 
arboretum would be named after 

"It was a total surprise," she 

The arboretum is divided into 
three tours, each corresponding 
with a certain area of the campus. 
To assist visitors, each tour has a 
separate brochure that highlights 
where classified plants can 
be found. Each brochure also 
informs the individual on the 
plant's common name as well as 
their scientific name. 

Individuals who are interested 
in taking the tour may pick up 
brochures in the CLU Welcome 
Center. To find out more 
information about the plant 
life in California, you can visit 
Collins' various Web sites from 

Community Leaders Association raises 
funds for students through different events 

By Ashley Soukup 
Echo Staff Writer 

Money comes back to California 
Lutheran University students 
every year with the help of the 
Community Leaders Association. 

The Community Leaders 
Association has been around since 
the foundation of Cal Lutheran. 
The purpose of the CLA is to 
support the school, be an envoy 
to the community and collect 
donations for CLU ($1.6 million 
since its inception). 

The CLA has 150 members, 
which includes former faculty, 
current faculty and alumni. 

Companies well known in 
Thousand Oaks, Ventura County 
and around the United States 
have made contributions to CLU 
through the Community Leaders 

Verizon, Toyota, Larry Winter of 
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, 
Paseo Market Place in Thousand 
Oaks, Amador Whitde Architects, 
Limoneira Co., Santa Barbara 
Bank and Trust and University 
Village, have all made donations 

to the CLA's annual Violet and 
Gold Gala auction. 

The CLA gave a $65,000 grant 
to the faculty of the science 
department for microscopes 
for biology labs, force plates, 
computers and software for the 
human performance lab, and 
instruments for the chemistry 
and environmental science labs. 
Also, last year, there were $9,000 
for scholarships and $4,000 for 
endowments given. 

"The Provost's Office 

coordinates with CLA to review 
faculty grant submissions and 
select awardees," Keitel said. 

The process of deciding who will 
get the grant money in 2009 has 
already started and the decisions 
will be announced after semester 

Last school year, . the 
Community Leaders Association, 
hosted a reception for Dr. Chris 
Kimball, university president, and 
announced of who received the 
CLA's 2008-09 scholarships. 

This year the CLA is hosting the 
Violet and Gold Gala on Nov. 8, in 
Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center. 

In June, the CLA hosts its annual 
golf tournament at Moorpark 
Country Club as well. 

This past year, the golf 
tournament raised approximately 
$12,500, with tournament 
proceeds going toward CLU 
student scholarships," according 
to the CLA's Web site. 

The Violet and Gold Gala is a 
dinner program featuring CLU 
choral groups along with other 
musical entertainment. 

Money is raised through business 
and individual sponsorships, 
ticket sales and both a silent and 
live auction. 

Three ways are available to 
donate items to the silent and live 

You can go to the auction's 
Web site and select the link," 
"donate items," call the University 
Relations Office at (805) 493- 
3 1 5 1 , or e-mail Keitel. 

Guests attending the auction will 
have the opportunity to bid on 
and win one of many vacations, 
jewelry, a home entertainment 
system, dining experiences, 
golf packages and rickets to 

professional sporting events. 

Tickets for the Violet and Gold 
Gala are on sale now at the CLA's 
Web site 

Tickets for general public are 
$140, but for faculty and staff the 

price is $75 per person. 

Community Leaders Association 
is a one way to stay involved with 

"They raise money for faculty 
grants that benefit student 
education," Keitel said. 


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Josh Moskowitz 

Dr. Steve Ames 

Jennifer Hammond 
Chelsea Jensen 
Laura Kearns 



October 22, 2008 

CLU: a different 
kind of university 

By Megan Hindman 
Echo Staff Writer 

Everyone had that one moment 
that will change him or her 
forever. For Dr. Paul Gabrinetti 
his moment was the time he 
spent at California Lutheran 

As a member of the tenth 
graduating class, Gabrinetti's 
experiences at CLC were much 
different than that of a California 
Lutheran University student's 
today. Despite the gap in time, 
one thing has remained constant. 

Throughout the years, 
students at CLU have shared the 
opportunities that come with a 
small learning environment. 

"This place made a hell of 
a difference in my life," said 
Gabrinetti, class of '73. "When 
you have professors here that 
give a damn about what you're 
doing it makes all the difference 
later with self confidence or 

Gabrinetti graduated from 
CLC with a bachelor's degree in 
psychology. He then proceeded to 
obtain his master's degree from 
Cal State Northridge and later a 
Ph.D. in counseling psychology 
from the University of Southern 
California. lyftt 

"It was here [CLG^ghat I 
decided to become a psychologist. 

After my first year here I was 
committed and that was because 
of faculty involvement," he said. 

Gabrinetti explained how Cal 
Lutheran's small setting truly 
provided him with an advantage 
after leaving school. 

"I knew all the professors in 
that department, so by the time 
I went on, no one had as much 
contact with past professors as I 
did," he said. 

He also described the difference 
in student to student relationships 
at CLC in comparison to the 
larger universities he attended. 

"(At CLC] everyone was 
interested in helping everyone," 
he said. 

He explained how students 
elsewhere didn't seem to have the 
same drive to help their peers. 

When Gabrinetti attended Cal 
Lutheran the campus basically 
consisted of the freshman dorms, 
the administration building 
and the old gym. The college, 
now a university, has grown 
tremendously yet still holds true 
to its family like setting. 

"Coming here was really life 
shifting," said Gabrinetti. 

"I would like to see [CLU] 
continue to remain as intimate 
with students as possible, yet 
continue to grow and expand. 
If they can hold those two 
opposites, man, that's it." 

Executive Cabinet 
leads ASCLU-G 

By Natasha Spiroff 
Echo Staff Writer 

The Associated Student 
California Lutheran University 
Government, ASCLU-G, is 
comprised of the Senate, 
Programs Board and Executive 

Five students and one faculty 
member comprise this year's 
Executive Cabinet, filling the 
positions of the ASCLU president, 
directors of Senate and Programs 
Board, Executive Cabinet recorder, 
Executive Cabinet controller and 
the Executive Cabinet Adviser. 

According to the ASCLU-G 
constitution, "The purpose of 
the Executive Cabinet shall be to 
provide leadership for the Senate 
and Programs Board, to assure the 
execution and implementation 
of the policies and programs 
adopted by the Senate and 
Programs Board and to formally 
represent the interests of the 
students enrolled at California 
Lutheran University." 

"This year we really want to 
work on outreach and getting 
our name out there," said Beth 
Peters, Senate director. "More 
communication is also a goal this 

So far, the Executive Cabinet 
has been busy getting Programs 

Board and Senate ready for the 

On top of weekly Club-Lus, 
Programs Board recently 
sponsored two large-scale events. 

"We have been extremely 
successful with all of our events so 
far," said Jesse Knutson, Programs 
Board director. 

"We've had huge turnouts at 
each event." The trend of large 
turnouts continued with a sold- 
out homecoming dance. 

Senate has also been busy this 
year, working on ideas fueled by 
their mission to improve student 
life on the CLU campus. 

The Executive Cabinet has 
also been sponsoring programs 
relating to the upcoming 
presidential elections. Students 
were given the opportunity to 
watch the presidential debates 
and then participate in an open 
discussion complete with a panel. 

"My favorite part of being on 
Exec. Cab is being able to work 
with such amazing people," 
Knutson said. 

"I love being ; • able to 
communicate with all of the 
members of ASCLU-G as well as 
listen to the student body." 

Students with questions or 
suggestions for the Executive 
Cabinet can contact any of the 

The Kingsmen and Regal get the crowd ready for Midnight Madness. 

Photo by Rachel Wolf 

A look behind the masks 

By Aaron Hilf 
Echo Staff Writer 

As symbols of school spirit and 
pride, the California Lutheran 
University Kingsmen and Regal 
mascots continue to evolve and 
change, shaping student's love of 
their campus. 

Since CLU was founded, the 
Kingsmen have been a symbol of 
its devotion to God. In the past 
students felt it was their attitudes 
and actions that spoke not 
only for their campus, but for 
themselves as religious beings. 

"As students on campus, [they] 
were acting as God's people," said 
Sally Sagen, assistant director of 
student life. "[They] were the 
'King's men.'" 

The idea of the mascot has 
changed over time and now is a 
symbol of students' pride for the 

CLU's mascots are still new to 
campus. Purchased two years 
ago during the 2006-07 school 
year, many students have been 
on campus longer then the 

ASCLU-G was in charge of the 
new mascots and they teamed 
up with International Mascots, 
the company responsible for the 
Burger King, to create what is 
now the Kingsmen and Regal. 

The Student Life office and its 
employees are now the caretakers 
of the mascots after being asked 
by the student government to 
do so. • 

"Students felt that with the 
change of the logo, they really 
needed to have true mascots," 
said Sagen, who during her years 
as a student at CLU remembered 
the mascot as resembling a plain, 
old knight. 

The mascots were funded by 
student fees with some help 
from the Student Life office. The 
custom-made suits cost roughly 

The mascots are more than an 
animated face of CLU's pride. 

They are students who are 
proud to represent their school 
in secrecy and honor. 

"Being able to show my school 

Photo by Rachel Wolf 

Kingsmen and Regal embrace their love for each other and CLU. 

pride to others means the world 
to me," said one of the student 
mascots, who must remain 
anonymous. "I am so lucky and 
privileged to be able to be the 

The four students who now 
bear the responsibility of the 
mascots were required to 

"We had to 'throw down' to 
earn our position," said another 
anonymous student. "And we 
are going to keep 'bringing it* to 
establish our empire." 

"Student Life upholds the 
secret of the student mascots," 
Sagen said. 

Although many students will 
never know the identities of the 
mascots, the mascots seem to 
like it that way. 

"I like the secrecy behind the 
mascot," said one mascot. "It 
gives a sense of question, and 
it also is a tradition. It not 
being a secret can hinder the 
performance of a mascot, so 

being a secret is a good thing." 

However, sometimes it is a 
challenge to keep the secret. 

"It is really hard to keep the 
secrecy of our identities," one of 
the mascots said. 

"For one I like to talk a lot and 
it might slip out, and somehow 
if one person finds out then like 
everyone will know who it is." 

The mascots love the 
responsibility of getting the 
crowd pumped up at games and 
events, and feel that if people are 
laughing and having fun, then 
they have done their job. 

"It is truly an honor and a 
pleasure," another mascot said. 
"I figure our athletes work 
hard to play and entertain us, 
therefore we should work hard 
to cheer them on." 

So next time you're at a rally 
or a game look out for your 
Kingsmen and Regal and maybe 
you can be lucky enough to catch 
a glimpse of the man or woman 
behind the mask. 

October 22, 2008 


Page 7 

'Body of Lies' 

DiCaprio delivers a superb performance 

"It's a must see! 

Where there is a lie there is always a 
truth that is hidden behind the lie. In 
politics you either tell the truth or you 
die. "Body of Lies" directed by Ridley Scott presents 
a political thriller that never lets go of you from 
start to finish. 

Roger Ferris (Leonardo 
DiCaprio) and Ed Hoffman 
(Russell Crowe) are a team of 
covert CIA operatives. Ferris 
is working to infiltrate and 
uncover a major terrorist 
leader suspected to be 
operating in Jordan. Hoffman 
is Ferris's eyes in the sky, 
watching his every move from 

Ridley Scott brings his usual 
in-your-face, true to life 
direction that he also used 
in his blockbuster hit "Black 
Hawk Down," years ago. The 
real life torture scenes make 
us wonder what actually goes 
on overseas when our soldiers 
get caught and are held 

"Body of Lies" takes us 
deep into the Iraqi deserts 
where Americans are trying to 
infiltrate Muslim terrorist groups who are bombing 
markets in Europe, Iraq and Jordan and pose a 
threat to the United States. The terrorist groups' 
main focus is to make the American infidel's bleed 
as they have bled. 

• Ferris puts himself Iri the middle of the violence^ 
that is in the Middle East by fabricating a rival 
terrorist organization, fabricating a fake leader 


By Scott Beebe 
Movie Critic 

and creating an evidence trail to get Al Saleem 
(secretive leader of the real terrorists group) out of 

The relationship between Ferris and Hoffman is 
that of mentor and predecessor. But sometimes as 
we see throughout the film, 
the two of them don't always 
see eye-to-eye on things. 

This is visible when 
Hoffman would go over the 
top and make decisions that 
would negatively affect Ferris 
in the field. 

As Ferris positions his fake 
terrorist organization in the 
midst of the real ones, he puts 
others that are close to him in 
harms way. 

His plan works, but being 
entangled in the lies he told to 
those who helped him, lands 
him on the wrong end of the 
interrogation table. 

Living a life of a covert CIA 
operative has many costs 
and those costs often include 
people you work with and 
even those you may care 
"Body of Lies" is a movie 
that takes you on a ride unlike any political thriller 
in recent years. Torture scenes are graphic and real 
and this is not a movie for those that are faint of 
heart. It's a pulsating thriller that will leave you 
intrigued with the world and the life of the CIA. 

The lesson behind "Body of Lies" is that America 
is not as feared as we think by neighboring 
countries and we aren't always safe. 

The Alma and Clifford Pearson Distinguished Speakers Series 

The Center for Leadership and Values 

The Office of Campus Ministry 


Becca Stevens and the Women of Magdalene 

Today, October 22 
10:10-10:40 a.m. Samuelson Chapel 

4:00 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

Creating Social Enterprise in Your Region 

through Empowering the Powerless: 

An Entreprenuership with a Mission 

Becca Stevens is the founder of the Women of Magdalene and Thistle 

Farms. Magdalene is a twelve year old organization founded on a 

simple premise: love changes lives. They have five residential 

communities of women who all have criminal histories of drug abuse 

and prostitution. Without ever having to pay a cent, each woman 

shares in this community of recovery for two years, recieving 

housing, food, medical aid, therapy, education and job training. 

Magdalene residents also participate in Thistle Farms and hand-make 

nationally distributed natural bath and body care products. 




Who is going to win the World 
Series and why?" 

"I think the Phillies 

will win because they 

beat the Dodgers 

and because they are 

an all-around good 


Erin Exline 

"Well I'm from 
Maryland so I have to 
stick with my home 
team and have to say 
the Phillies." 

Logan Paris 

"Anybody but the 
Red Soxs." 


Samantha Aguinaldo 

"The Rays will 
definitely win it 
because Boston was 
a favorite and they 
spanked them." 

-Senior Frank Gonzales 

J- % ' 





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"I don't care who 

wins because the 

Dodgers aren't in it 


Trevor Thompson 

California Lutheran University 


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Page 8 

October 22, 2008 

A tricky proposition 

As a California voter, it is hard 
to go anywhere or do anything 
without seeing something about 
Proposition 8, the Proposition to 
ban same-sex marriage. 

And, while 1 am most definitely 
not undermining the importance 
of Prop. 8, there is another one 
out there that 1 feel deserves the 
same amount of attention. 

Proposition 4 is a constitutional 
amendment to require a waiting 
period with parental notification 
before the termination of a 
minor's pregnancy. 

Doesn't sound too bad, right? I 
mean, who wouldn't want to be 
notified if their daughter were to 
have an abortion? 

Unfortunately, this proposition 
is just too good to be true. It 

No law can force 
families to talk 
about these issues, and 
unfortunately some 
families will react much 
differently towards their 
children than others. 

is basically a law to mandate 
family communication about the 
abortion issue and it will never 

I believe that this is a very 
important issue that must be 
discussed between parents and 
their children, but I also believe 
it should be discussed much 
earlier than when the daughter is 
already pregnant. 

No law can force families to 
talk about these issues, and 
unfortunately some families will 
react much differently and more 
violently toward their children 
than others. 

Even girls in good, non-abusive 
families will not always feel safe 
or comfortable talking about 
their pregnancy with their 

This will lead to extremely 
dangerous, illegal methods of 
abortion, self-induced abortion, 
travels across the border for 
unsafe abortions or even suicide. 

To be fair, the proposition 
does have a clause that waives 
notification if the girl can 
provide proof of abuse or 
substantial evidence that she 
could be abused as a result of the 

However, the notification then 
moves on to another member 
of the family who may or may 
not be more understanding, 
and a law enforcement agency 
will be sent to the girl house to 
investigate the parents. 

On one hand this would be a 
good thing and may help or stop 
the abusive situation for the girl 
at home, but on the other hand 
it could make things much, much 

Missy Bain 

worse for her. 

Opposers of this proposition 
rightly argue that "a scared, 
pregnant teen is not going to 
go to her doctor, claim abuse 
and then sit there 
and watch as law 
enforcement comes 
to her door — the 
same door she has 
to return to." 

Another way the 
girl could receive a 
waived notification 
is if she goes to 
court and the court 
finds that she is 
"sufficiently mature 
and well-informed to decide 
whether to have an abortion or 
that notification would not be in 
the minor's best interest." 

There are a few things wrong 
with this to me. 

First off, by what means are 
they able to determine maturity? 
I feel like almost anyone, when 
sitting in front of a judge, would 
be on their best behavior. 

Obviously these girls have some 
level of maturity if they felt they 
were ready to have sex, and if 
they were raped and/or coerced 
into having sex; why make them 
jump through yet another hoop 
to bring their perpetrator to 

Second, I think if a minor 
has 'sex, whether by choice or 
not, and feels that she needs an 
abortion, wouldn't you agree that 
she already knows what is in her 
best interest? 

She would not be requesting 
the abortion in the first place. 

If it is parental abuse that 
determines her "best interest" 
then I go back to my previous 
argument that she would be more 
persuaded to seek dangerous, 
illegal help than drag her family 
through the court system. 

Last, the court would have to 
hear and issue a ruling within 
three days, and appeals would 
need to have been heard and 
decided within four days. 

This hardly seems realistic to 

First of all, legitimately 
determining maturity and best 
interest in three days seems to 
me to be a judgmental, first 
impression, fiy-by-the-seat-of- 
your-pants ruling. 

How could anyone determine 
such personal matters in the span 
of 3 days? 

On top of that, what if the 
courts take longer? Things come 
up; issues of lawyers and fair 
representation are at stake. 

Costs will go through the roof 
and our already crowded court 
system will suffer immensely. 

But, besides all of the technical 
difficulties I have with this 

proposition, I find the safety 
of young girls to be the most 

I put myself in the shoes of a 

parent with a teenage daughter. 

Of course, I would 

want her to be able to 

approach me if she ever 

finds herself in need 

of an abortion, but if 

she can't I would hope 

that there were safe, 

responsible alternatives 

to help her through her 

time of need. 

If this proposition 

passes, desperation will 

take over our daughter's 
lives leading them to make more 
unsafe, unhealthy decisions 
about themselves and their 
bodies which could end up in 
serious injury or even death. 

Communication about teen 
pregnancy and abortion should 
take place within the family far 
before it ever actually happens, 
not after. 

Laws like Proposition 4 don't 
actually work in the real world. 

Opposers of this proposi- 
tion rightly argue that 
"a sacred, pregnant teen is 
not going to go to the doctor, 
claim abuse and then sit there 
and watch as law enforcement 
comes to her door-the same 
door she has to return to." 

And while it seems like a good 
idea, it is actually extremely 
dangerous and could cause more 
teenage deaths. 

This proposition will not 
prevent or. deter teens from 
having sex and/or having 
abortions. It will only prevent 
them from getting safe, reliable 

If you care about the young 
teenagers you will have one day, 
then vote no on Proposition 4. 
Talk to them first and protect 
them always. 


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CLU lack condom access 

|Availability of contraceptives does not encourage promiscuity 


With the extensive 
resources provided 
to its students, it 
is surprising that 
California Lutheran 
University has 

limited its resources 
for practicing safe 

The Health 

Services Center on 
campus is the only 
place where students 
have access to 
condoms. Health Services is only 
open Monday through Friday 
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., it is closed 
an hour for lunch, only open for 
half a day on Wednesdays and 
is closed on weekends. I haven't 
done an official survey but I am 
assuming that the average college 
student isn't looking for condoms 
at three in the afternoon on a 
Tuesday. Perhaps, a Friday night 
would be a more likely time when 
a condom is needed. 

Now, Health Services is a busy 
place and I don't expect them 
to be open 24 hours a day like 
a 7-Eleven. However, it would 
be ideal for students to have an 
alternative place to purchase 
condoms in order to practice 
safe sex. 

I am in no way suggesting or 
encouraging sexual promiscuity. 
The simple fact is that sex is 
happening, and looking the 
''other way will not change that. 
A study conducted by the Center 

for Disease Control and 
Prevention found that 
80 percent of college 
students, ages 18-24, have 
had sexual intercourse. 
Put bluntly, that means 
there is a lot of hanky- 
panky going on at CLU. 

Ignoring that college 
students are sexually 
active is not only hard- 
headed it is detrimental 

to students' health. 

According to an article 
published by CNN, teenagers 
and young adults account for 
nearly half the cases of sexually 
transmitted diseases in the 

I am in no way suggest- 
ing or encouraging 
sexual permiscuity. The 
simple fact is that sex is 
happening, and looking 
the other way will not 
change that. 

United States, though they make 
up just a quarter of the sexually 
active population. This is a scary 

The CDC acknowledges that- 
condoms are effective against the 
spread of HrV and in reducing 
the risk of gonorrhea, chlamydia 
and trichomoniasis. However, 
since 2002, the CDC has toned 
down its emphasis on condom 
use in favor of abstinence. This 
candy-coated thought process, 

adopted by many, is disconnected 
from reality. 

To merely hope that college 
students do not engage in sexual 
activity and not offer alternative 
safe options is simply not the best 

As a private Lutheran university 
I understand that it is not 
appropriate to be handing out 
cherry-flavored condoms on 
the steps in front of the Soiland 
Humanities Center. Neon 
condom vending machines in the 
lobby of Mogen or Grace would 
probably not send the right 
message to visiting parents either. 

However, a discrete condom 
vending machine in the laundry 
room or in the public dorm 
restrooms would be a great way 
to encourage CLU students to be 
safe if they choose to engage in 
sexual activities. 

Not only would it be unbeatably 
convenient for students, it would 
be open 24 hours a day and 
there would be no awkward 
conversation with a Rite-Aid 
employee about which aisle the 
condoms are on. 

I understand that many parents 
would cringe at the thought 
of condom vending machines 
available to their children, but we 
are all adults here at CLU and we 
make our own decisions about 
our sexual activities. 

Our school should provide us 
with the resources to make the 
best decisions possible. 


October 22, 2008 


Page 9 

Flu and cold infect CLU 

It's that time of year again: cold 
and flu season that is. Between 
classes, activities, jobs and all 
the other demands that fill the 
day, it's easy to forget to take 
care of your health. I've recendy 
noticed a lot of students getting 
sick. This keeps many from 
attending classes and ultimately 
makes them miss a lot of school 
work and exams. 

Although we all try our 
hardest to avoid getting sick, it's 
almost inevitable. 

Being confined in small 
classrooms, where we have no 
control over the germs our 
classmates spread, leaves us less 
able to protect ourselves. 

It always seems we get sick 
at the worst times, like right 
before a major project or report 
is due, or even during midterms 
or finals. 

Viruses, such as the cold and 
flu, are highly contagious; all it 
can take to get sick is someone 
next to you to sneeze or cough 
in your direction. 

Cold and flu season occurs 
when the weather is cold, so 
there must be a connection, 
right? Well, not quite. 

No matter how many times 
your mother and grandmother 
told you not to go out in the 
cold because you would catch 
a cold or the flu, it just doesn't 
work that wav 

The truth is the flu and common 
cold are both caused by viruses. 

People get sick more often 
during cold weather because we 
are exposed to more people, in 
confined spaces, than during warm 

When it's cold outside people 
tend to stay inside and are more 
likely to spread germs. 

Because we are in class 
hours at a time during the 
fall and winter, we have a 
higher risk of spreading 
and catching germs. 

Be smart about staying 
•healthy. Prevent it from 
happening. Yes, washing 
your hands is important, 
but they only stay 
clean until you touch 
something dirty. 

Use vinegar to disinfect 
your desk, keyboard, 
mouse, door knobs, cell phones, 
sunglasses and steering wheel 
and anything else you are in close 
contact with on a regular basis. 

Make sure to wash hands 
thoroughly after handling money. 

For those of you who live on 
campus, be smart about sharing 
your room and bathroom 

Don't take naps or allow friends 
to take naps on your beds or share 

Germs thrive -off of warmth, so 
beddings and moisture on towels 


Lo wen berg 

are a mecca for bacteria. 

Don't leave your toothbrush 
lying around on the counter or 
around the sink where people 
wash their hands. 

Instead keep it in your own 
room in a clean container. 

Make sure you wear your 
shower shoes. 
Warm, damp spaces are the 
perfect area for 
germs to grow. 

Be sure you eat 
healthy all year 

Fill up on fresh 
fruits and vegetables 
that are naturally 
high in antioxidants 
to keep your 
immune system on 
defense mode. 

Oranges and 

berries are very 
high in vitamin C, and are great 
immune builders. 

Supplement your diet with 500 
milligrams of vitamin C daily. 

Be sure to take probiotics on 
a regular basis; probiotics will 
fortify your intestinal flora, which 
is essential for proper digestion 
and nutrient absorption. 

This is key to good health and a 
strong immune system. 

Zinc is also beneficial. Zinc ions 
are attracted to the rhinoviruses 
(the viruses that cause most 
colds) and effectively keep the 

rhinovirus from reproducing. 
Foods such as red meat and 
poultry, beans, nuts, fortified 
cereals and dairy products are 
good sources of zinc. 

Many herbs are also noted as 
effective, most notably, Echinacea 
Goldenseal is well known to 
combat colds, even preventing 

lem from starting. 

Viruses, such as the 
cold and flu, are 
highly contagious; all 
it can take to get sick 
is someone next to you 
sneeze or cough in your 

Don't shun the sun! Get at 
least 15 minutes or so of good 
direct sunlight so your body can 
naturally synthesize vitamin D. 
Scientists have shown that a single 
2.5mg dose of vitamin D may be 
enough to boost the immune 

Popping a daily multi- 
vitamin and carrying around 
hand sanitizer are also highly 
recommended in the prevention 
of certain illnesses. 

Although cold weather won't 
actually give you a cold, dressing 
for the weather is still important. 
Flip-flops and tank tops are not 
appropriate clothing when its 50 
degrees outside. 

Sleep is the best method for fast 

Potent immune enhancing 
compounds are released during 
sleep and many immune system 
functions are greatly increased by 
an adequate night's rest. Going 
about the day could just make it 

Do yourself a favor and rest 
when you're not feeling well. Not 
only will you feel better, but also 
you wont be spreading it either. 

Once you start feeling better it is 
vitally important to drink plenty 
of water, get good nutrition and 
plenty of rest. Allow your body 
to recover before returning to 
normal activities and habits. 

Failure to do so can result in 
a very nasty relapse. Remember, 
your body is still fighting an 
infection, even though your 
symptoms have abated. 

After your cold or flu subsides, 
make sure to wash all of your 
sheets and bedding, towels and 

Last, throw away your 
toothbrush and get a new one. 
Don't continue to expose yourself 
to germs, especially when you're 
feeling better. 

Getting sick is a major bummer, 
but if you take care of yourself 
properly, the risk of getting sick 
can be gready reduced. Stay 
healthy this semester and holiday 

Mandatory vs. Voluntary Evacuation 

By Leslie Richman 
Echo Staff Writer 

It's 3 a.m., you are sound 
asleep and suddenly you hear 
a policeman's deep voice over 
the blaring loudspeakers of 
his car: "Everybody must 
evacuate. ..this is a mandatory 

Barely up and awake, you 
begin to panic and gather your 
most precious belongings as 
the policeman says that you 
only have one hour to leave 
your home. 

This is an extremely 
frightening situation and 
unfortunately one I know 
about all too well. 

Last year my family and 
I were forced to take part 
in a mandatory evacuation 
as "more than a dozen 
uncontained wildfires raged 
across Southern California, 
(and threatened] thousands 
of structures, forcing people 
to flee homes from San Diego' 
to Malibu to Lake Arrowhead" 

Luckily, my family and 
my home were salvaged. 
Nevertheless, I still have yet to 
find a more frightening sight 
than hundreds of firefighters 
attempting to put out a 
wild blaze right in your own 

With my personal experience 
and the recent wildfires that 
started on Oct. 12, I began 
thinking about mandatory 

versus voluntary evacuation. 
How do you know when is the 
right time to leave your home? 

As I was watching the news 
coverage on the October 
wildfires, I paid close attention 
to police, fire and city officials 
because they were constantly 
stressing the importance of 
public safety. 

This was especially 

relevant after Gov. Arnold 
Schwarzenegger released a report 
that Southern California was in 

Fires are not only 
scary, but unique in 
how drastically circum- 
stances such as weather 
can affect the fire's 

a state of emergency due to the 
fiery flames that continued to 
incinerate thousands of acres. 

The Federal Emergency 
Management Agency defines 
Voluntary Evacuation as "a 
warning to persons within a 
designated area that a threat 
to life and property exists or is 
likely to exist in the immediate 

Individuals issued this type 
of warning or order are NOT 
required to evacuate, but it 
would be to their advantage to 
do so." 

Mandatory or directed 

evacuation is described as 
"warning to persons within 

the designated area that an 
imminent threat to life and 
property exists and individuals 
must evacuate in accordance 
with the instructions of local 

I personally find it 
unbelievable that people would 
choose to stay in their homes, 
if safety officials release a 
mandatory evacuation in their 

I understand the personal 
connection that many have 
with their homes. 

However, I do not think 
waiting out a fire that is 
burning directly behind your 
home to be something worth 
losing your life over. 

Now, I do understand waiting 
as long as possible to take part 
in a voluntary evacuation until 
it becomes required. 

Firefighters are remarkable 
with how quickly and 
efficiently they' can contain 

Therefore, if a voluntary 
evacuation is offered I believe 
it is smart to be patient to see if 
your home will be safe. 

Fires are not only scary, but 
unique in how drastically 
circumstances such as weather 
can affect the fire's lifespan. 

With the most recent Southern 
California wildfire finally 
contained and extinguished, 
I can only hope that Mother 
Nature blesses us with a safe 
and fire-free fall season. 

Students lead the Way to Save Energy at Cal Lutheran 

Student efforts through the CHEER Program lead to $20,000 a year 
in energy savings 

October 9, 2008 

If students bearing light bulbs have recendy visited your dorm 
room, you have met the group behind the CHEER Program. Short 
for Campus Housing Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program, CHEER 
is a partnership between Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) and 
Quantum Energy Services and Technologies (QuEST) to work with 
students at universities within Southern California Edison service 
area to promote energy efficiency. 

Funded entirely by SCE, this program trains students to perform 
energy audits on their campuses and to replace standard, less ef- 
ficient light bulbs with more economical, compact fluorescent light 
bulbs— better known as CFLs. 

"The CHEER Program provides tremendous benefit to CLU," says 
Mark Jacobsen, Director of Facilities Management. "The students 
learn useful skills and gain knowledge about operating facilities in a 
more sustainable manner. The University benefits not only through 
reduced operating costs, but because these students are educating 
others on the importance and benefits of curbing energy waste on 
and off the CLU campus." 

Since the spring semester of 2008, CHEER has worked with Mr. 
Jacobsen, Associate Director of Student Life Christine Paul, and 
four student interns-Stacy Stone, Nate Mihoch, Jennifer Arceo 
and Danny McKnight— to help save the campus energy and money 
and to reduce campus' contribution to the production of climate- 
changing greenhouse gasses. The group of four interns performed 
comprehensive audits of all light fixtures in the dorms, from hallway 
lights to EXIT signs. Noting the types and numbers of the fixtures 
and hours of operations, the CHEER interns then calculated ex- 
pected energy and cost savings based on their recommendations for 
retrofitting existing lighting with more efficient fixtures. 

But don't forget the CFLs! In August and September of this year 
the CHEER interns focused their efforts on distributing 650 CFLs to 
replace existing incandescent bulbs on campus. Because of their ef- 
forts, CLU will save nearly $20,000 a year on its energy bill and help 
prevent near 63 tons of C02 from entering the atmosphere. To learn 
more about energy efficiency programs and rebates, visit Southern 
California Edison's website: 

California Lutheran University 

Page 10 

^ The Echo . 


October 22, 2008 

Photos by Nathan Hoyt 
Above: Sophomore David Garcia, 27, runs down a loose ball 
Left: Senior Kyle Smith, 17, gets tangled up with a Pomona-Pitzer defender 

Kingsmen continue dominance 

Kingsmen improve 
in conference with 
win over Whittier 

By Jeff Chaney 

Echo Staff Writer 

The men's soccer team at 
California Lutheran University 
gets a chance to catch its breath in 
conference play this week. 

CLU (8-7, 6-4 SCIAC) will 
embark on a road trip against 
Caltech Beavers (0-14-1, 0-10 
SCIAC), on Wednesday Oct. 22. 

The Kingsmen haven't lost to 
the Beavers in more than a decade 
or even as far back as our records 

It is a sure victory for the CLU, 

which will help build confidence 

for the team coming into a 

showdown with Claremont- 

Mudd Scripps (5-5-4, 5-2-3 

SCIAC) at home this Saturday. 

With a road win the California 
Lutheran University men's soccer 
team took sole possession of third 

The Kingsmen shutout the 
Poets of Whittier last Saturday 
with a score of 3-0. 

This is the 12 ,h straight win the 

said junior mid-fielder Brad 

In the 19 th minute, the 
Kingsmen's leading scorer Ryan 
McDermott netted his ninth goal 
of the season. 

In the final five minutes of 

"This is the first game 
where we have been 
complete on offense as 
well as on defense." 


Kingsmen have handed the Poets 
since the 2003 season. 

"This game was really good for 
us. Every player got in the game 
to contribute to the shutout," 

- Kai Werring 

the first half, sophomore mid- 
fielder Robbie Spangler popped 
in a second goal and senior 
defensemen Kai Werring added 
a third with an assist from John 

"Our defense was sending 
in really good crosses that 
helped score our third goal," 
Hendrickson said. 

Considering the Kingsmen 
have outscored the Poets, 54-1, 
since 2003, this was an important 
opportunity for the Kingsmen 
because it was going to allow 
them the chance to rotate all 
their players into the game. 

At this point in the season it 
helps to keep everyone's sharp. 

"I feel like we're finally coming 
together as a team and all working 
hard toward our main goal of 
taking the SCIAC tournament," 
Hendrickson said. 

Defensively, the Kingsmen 
struggled to find a good rhythm 
in the early minutes before 
taking control of the game. 

"This is the first game where we 
have been complete on offense 
as well as on defense," Said 

Freshmen goalkeeper Braden 
Hoyt made some great blocks to 

fight off an early Whittier attack 
Hoyt went on to play 80 straight 
minutes of shutout soccer. 

"We came out a tiny bit slow 
and they got a few shots," said 

The Kingsmen had possession 
most of the game and fired off 28 
shots to the Poets 1 1 in the match. 

With a few shots hitting the 
crossbar and one goal being called 
back for off sides, the offensive 
pressure from the Kingsmen was 
relentless and hard pressed from 
the first minute to the last. 

"There was a good connection 
between the defense and the 
offense and the transitions were 
smooth," Werring said. 

With four games left jn 
conference play, the Kingsmen 
spirits are high and their eyes are 
set on the SCIAC tide. 

For the Record... 

In the Oct. 15 edition 
of The Echo, Lacrosse 
is on the rise out west. 
It was said that the 
Lacrosse team was an 
affilate of the Kings- 
men name which is 
not true. Club sports 
are not affiliated with 
the Kingsmen or Re- 
gals name. The men's 
lacrosse team is called 
"Knights Lacrosse." 

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exceptional faculty, academic excellence, small class size, and evening classes 
for working professionals. 

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o Pupil Personnel Services 

o College Student Personnel 

• M.S., Special Education 

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• MS, Computer Science 

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October 22, 2008 


Page 1 1 

Regals finishing season strong 

Cal Lutheran 
wins five games 
in a row 

By Krystle Van Deusen 
Echo Staff Writer 

On a five-game winning 
streak, the California Lutheran 
University women's soccer team 
defeated the Pomona- Pitzer 
Colleges in double overtime on 

Continuing with its streak, the 
Regals secured a victory against 
Whittier College on Saturday. 

With four games left in the 
season, the Regals continue 
conference play on Saturday 
against the Claremont-Mudd- 

In the first half of the Pomona- 
Pitzer game the Regals were 
playing really well and with lots 
of intensity. Cal Lutheran was 
taking a lot of long range shots, 
but they just weren't finding the 
back of the net. 

Feeding off the Regals intensity, 
the Sagehens began to play very 
physical and took out a few Cal 
Lutheran players. With what 
was shaping up to be a scoreless 
half, Katy Metcalf scored with 
2 "Seconds left in the first half, 
putting the Sagehens up one goal 

Senior Sarah Rickert, 21, moves the ball up field against the Whittier Poets. 

at halftime. 

"In our halftime talk we all just 
said that we had to put the first 
half behind us," Marisa Zambetti 
said. "We lost the first half but we 
still had 45 more minutes to turn 
the game around." 

The second half started off well, 
with many opportunities created 
but none ending successfully. 
Within the 60 ,h minute, Brittany 
Clark drew a foul in the box. 
Jessica Dingman took the 

penalty kick and tied the game at 
one a piece. 

For the rest of the half; the 
Regals were faced with playing 
a litde more defense then they 
wanted. With not much of an 
attacking threat, the Regals 
settled on taking the game into 
overtime. This was the third time 
this season that the Regals have 
had to play longer than the 90- 
minute regulation. 

"I always tell the girls the same 

Photo by Nathan Hoyt 

overtime speech," coach Nancie 
Moskowitz said. "We do not get 
scored on, worst case scenario we 
end with a tie, and I leave it up 
to the girls to go out and finish 

With neither team scoring in 
the first overtime and with only 
one minute left on the clock, 
Kristin Borzi punted the ball 
finding Kelsey Sullivan up field. 
Sullivan broke away from the 
Sagehen defender and snuck it 

past goalkeeper Caroline Flynn 
to end the 109-minute match 
with a 2- 1 victory. 

CLU breezed past Whittier 
College on Saturday at home. 
The Regals tallied two goals early 
in the first half. In the first 10 
minutes, Sarah Rickert took a 
free kick finding Jennifer Jones to 
get Cal Lutheran on the board. 

In the twenty-first minute, 
Kelsey Sullivan shot the ball 
and it deflected off the Sagehens 
defender. Jones was right there 
to follow it up, acquiring her 
second goal of the game. 

Lynsey Gagnon scored the 
last goal of the game in the 40 ,h 
minute with an assist from Alyssa 
Yamauchi. The game ended with 
a 3- win over Whittier College. 

CLU will travel to CMS on 
Saturday for a game that could 
possibly be for the first place 

The Regals soccer team fell 
short against Claremont-Mudd- 
Scripps in their first meeting this 

"I think playing away at 
Claremont is not really an issue 
for us," senior Michelle Hedgcock 
said. "We tend to play very well 
on their field and, personally, it is 
my favorite field to play on." 

The training sessions this week 
will be focused on what they 
need to do as a team to finish this 
season on a winning note. 

Slip of the tongue leaves some fans upset 

What language 
is appropriate 
for motivation? 

By Nicole Jacobsen 

Echo Staff Writer 

The homecoming football game 
last week against Pomona-Pitzer 
created some controversy after 
some parents and grandparents 
heard some of the California 
Lutheran University coaches and 
players swearing on the sidelines. 

While there were no students 
who heard the comments, the 
players and coaches say some 
fans may have misinterpreted 
what was said. 

"We try to practice self-control 
with the language policy as 
both players and coaches," head 
football coach Ben McEnroe 
said. 'Things can get heated on 
the sidelines during a game so if 
anything was said it was probably 
taken out of context." 

Football isn't the only sport 
where the coaches and players 
may say things that are offensive 
to the fans cheering on the CLU 

"Sometimes the coaches swear 
but not very often," sophomore 

baseball player David Brethouwer 
said. "If they do, it's mainly when 
we start making stupid mistakes 
and to motivate us." 

Junior linebacker Roland Jenkins 
says it doesn't happen very often 
but when it does, nobody on the 
team takes it personally. 

"The coaches usually do a good 
job of watching what they say but 
sometimes they get frustrated," 
Jenkins said. "Sometimes they do 
it to motivate us and sometimes 
they do it because they're pissed 
at us or at a bad call by the refs. 
The team knows it's nothing 
personal so it's not a huge deal 
to us." 

While some may take foul 
language personally, others find 
it motivating. If a coach of a 
Kingsmen or Regals team were 
to constantly swear at the players 
for every mistake, over time those 
comments would cause more 
problems than there were to begin 

"Surprisingly the coaches 
don't swear at us," sophomore 
volleyball player Allison Ken- 
said. "They usually keep it clean. 
I think coach [Kellee Roesel] has 
only swom a couple of times at 
practice but it's definitely not 

Kerr may believe it's surprising 
that more coaches don't swear 

regularly, but she doesn't agree 
that it works as a motivational 

"I don't think any of us would 
take swearing offensively, but it 
definitely wouldn't help us play 
better or motivate us." 

No matter what the sport or 
situation a team is in, the players 
all know the coaches are there to 
help improve their game and only 
want the best. 

"We don't take offense to 
it because we deserve it," 
Brethouwer said. "That's just 
how guys talk sometimes." 

McEnroe understands that 
sometimes things get out of hand, 
but wants his players to know that 
the coaching staff at CLU would 
never do anything detrimental to 
their players on purpose. 

"The players know we love 
them and only try to help them," 
McEnroe said. "If anything was 
said that was offensive I can 
assure you we will take care of it 
within the coaching staff and as a 

CLU coaches and players know 
the high expectations that family, 
friends and the Thousand Oaks 
community holds and never want 
to disappoint them. 

They realize they're looked up 
to and are careful of their actions 
on and off the field or court. 


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October 22, 2008 

Kingsmen fall short at home 

CLU fails to 
beat SCIAC op- 
ponent Redlands 

By Nicole Flanary 

Echo Staff Writer 

The Kingsmen water polo 
team was unable to tame the 
University of Redlands Bulldogs 
Saturday, and they lost their first 
conference competition 10-6. 

California Lutheran's next 
competition is today versus 
Occidental College at 4 p.m. at 
the Samuelson Aquatic Center. 

Occidental comes in with a 
record of 8-12, 0-1 in SCIAC after 
falling to Pomona-Pitzer 5-3 in 
their conference opener. 

Earlier in the season, Cal 
Lutheran defeated Occidental in 
the CLU tournament 11-9. 

Following today's match, the 
Kingsmen will play at home 
Saturday against the Pomona- 
Pitzer Sagehens (6-12, 1-0 
SCIAC) at 1 1 a.m. 

Coming in confident, Matt 
Heagy scored on CLU's first 
possession in the game against 

Heagy was named SCIAC 
Athlete of the Week earlier this 

"I think that we are right about 
where we need to be going up 
against Redlands Saturday. We 
have an exceptional starting line- 
up with great players contributing 
off the bench " Heagy said prior 
to the match -up. 

Unfortunately, the Bulldogs 
matched Heagy's rapid goal with 
three consecutive scores of their 

CLU was unable to respond 
offensively, and the first quarter 
came to a close with the Redlands 
ahead 3-1. 

The Kingsmen played tough 
defensively the second quarter, 
holding the Bulldogs scoreless. 

Captain Jordan Bouey helped 
keep Redlands out of the net, 
racking up six saves by halftime. 

"Our goaltender Jordan Bouey 
has played really well all year," 
Heagy said. "He has really 
stepped up for us." 

Bouey saved 11 goals 
throughout the game, adding to 
his commendable running total 
this season. 

CLU's Wes Lewis scored the last 
goal of the half for either team. 

Lewis added two scores for the 
Kingsmen in Saturday's match- 

Redlands came out firing the 
second half, scoring three quick 
goals with no sign of slowing 

The Bulldogs went on to win 

Brian Giegoldt and Ricky 
Mulcahey contributed fourth 
quarter goals for the Kingsmen 
and Scott Bergemann posted two 
assists in the game. 

Despite the loss, the Kingsmen 
are confident in their abilities. 

"We really gel as a team. We 
spend lots of time together 
outside of the pool and that has 
really helped us," Matt Heagy 
said. "This is probably the closest 
water polo team I have been on 
since coming here to CLU." 

The Kingsmen are a young 
team who believe in the direct 
correlation between having fun 
and being successful. 

"In my three years of playing 
water polo for CLU I have not 

Photo by Scott Chisholm 
CLU captain Jordan Bouey made 1 1 saves, six of them coming in the second half against Redlands. 

been with a closer group of guys," 
Bouey said. 

"We all eat together in the 
cafeteria. We get together and 
watch baseball games after 
practice, order pizzas and just 
hangout. It's the little things that 
we do that make us a tight-knit 
family that is allowing us to play 
better together in the pool." 

Fun and games aside, the 
Kingsmen are working to 
combine their tough team 
mentality with a high level of 

"As captain I feel like I am 
always being picky about how 
the guys are performing and 
how I am performing most of 
all," Bouey said. "Every once in 

a while though I take a step back 
and I see that behind me are a 
group of guys that are playing the 
best water polo that I have seen 
at CLU." 

"Our goal is to play every game 
according to what we go over in 
practice and in turn come out on 
top. If we stick to the plan then 
everything should turn out fine." 


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California Lutheran University 

Volume 52, Number 7 

October 29, 2008 

Curtains open on the new theatre 

open in the new 
campus venue 

By Gigi Arjomand 

Echo Staff Writer 

Opening night of the fall 
Blackbox series was combined 
with the grand opening of the 
Blackbox Theatre and presented 
the premiere of two student- 
directed plays. The event was 
held Thursday at the newly 
converted Old Gym, now the 
Blackbox Theatre. 

Openingnight brought together 
teachers, students, parents and 
friends for the premiere of 
two highly anticipated shows 
alongside the grand opening 
and ribbon cutting ceremony of 
the Blackbox Theatre. 

It was a proud moment for all 
of those who had been working 
hard on these projects, who 
finally got to showcase their 
work and talent. 

"Theater not only gives you 
insight to other people and 
places but it helps us mature 
and become the people we want 
to be," said Diane Machin, a 
theater major and treasurer for 
the Drama club. 

The Blackbox Theatre is a 

venue with a stage and space - 
for the art department to 
have improv shows, Blackbox 
productions and theater and 
drama performances. 

The new theatre will also 
be used as teaching space for 
acting classes and the setting for 
class-final acting scenes. 

'The best way to learn is 
by these kind of hands-on 
experiences and it's a privilege 
to have a real and professional 
production space," Machin said. 
"Here we can get accustomed to 
what's out there in the comfort 
of our school environment." 

The first show, "The Flooding 
of the Grand," started at 8 
p.m., but guests were invited 
to come at 7 p.m. for food 
and refreshments at the Grand 
Opening party. 

It was a formal event hosted 
and sponsored by the Theater 

A chocolate fountain, exotic 
fruits, cheese assortments and 
Martinelli's bubbly along with 
live music and an opportunity 
to meet the cast and the 
directors, brought out a crowd 
of roughly 100. 

Among the guests was Kaila 
Hochhalter, a senior theater 
arts major and director of the 
first play ever to premiere in 
the new theater, "Flooding the 


Photo by Doug Barnett 
The set is worked on during an intermission between shows on the opening night of the Blackbox series. 

The 30-minute play written 
by senior Brigette Stevenson 
is an exploration of a young 
woman and the troubles she 
goes through in her relationship 
because of haunting memories 
and ghosts from her childhood 

"It's amazing what a group 
of students can create when 
they combine passion with 
drive," Hochhalter said. "Our 
shows are produced entirely 

by students; directed, written, 
casted, costume and makeup, 
the whole shebang. We even do 
our own sound and light." 

Between the shows there 
was a 10-minute intermission 
before the second play of the 
evening started. "Bright Ideas" 
was written by playwright Eric 
Coble. The play is directed 
by senior Chelsea Brown and 
served as an upbeat, comedic 
alternative to the first show, 

which was a drama. 

Kiah Shapiro, a starring 
actress in "Flooding the Grand," 
was delighted with the success 
of the opening of the Theatre 
and the premiere of the plays. 

"After all those weeks of 
rehearsing it was really good 
to finally be in front of an 
audience," Shapiro said. "The 
audience makes the show, and 
is one of the most important 
aspects of theater." 

Founders Day celebrates 50 years 

By Jennifer Tholse 
Echo Staff Writer 

The 50th Founders Day 
Convocation took place in the 
Samuelson Chapel at California 
Lutheran University Friday. 

Stanley N. Olson, executive 
director for Vocation Education 
unit of the Evangelical Lutheran 
Church of America (ELCA), flew 
in from Chicago to speak. 

He spoke about how the center 
of education is appreciating the 
wonderful complexity of the 
world being deeply aware of 
the risks and being engaged to 
respond to opportunities. 

"It has been a great privilege 
to do this. I think it went great. 

I always watch and see if people 
are listening and that's all I ask 
for. I give out ideas and I hope for 
people to build on those ideas," 
he said. 

Angela Rowley, assistance 
director of multicultural 
and international programs, 
explained that she had attended 
the convocation ever since she 
was a CLU student. 

"I always love hearing from 
the speaker and I really enjoyed 
hearing his thoughts on 
appreciation," she said. 

Rowley also said that she liked 
how the speaker always tends 
to incorporate the university's 
mission statement. She added 
that it is great for students, faculty 

and staff to be able to hear more 
about it and why it is important 
to CLU. 

The mission of the university 
is to educate leaders for global 
society who are strong in character 
and judgment, confident in 
their identity and vocation and 
committed to service and justice 

During the annual convocation 
the Christus award was given 
out to Beverly Anderson. The 
award is in recognition of the 
contributions made to strengthen 
the bridge between the church 
and the university and/or those 
who have made significant 
contributions to higher education 
in ELCA. 

Photo by Nathan Hoyt 
Founders Day brought a packed house to the Chapel last Friday. 

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October 29, 2008 

Immigration topic at sanctuary movement 

1,150 people were 
deported in Sept. 
in California 

By Amanda Lovett 
Echo Staff Writer 

Humane immigration reform 
is the agenda for The New 
Sanctuary Movement, whose 
campus meeting was held on 
Saturday in Overton Hall, 
focusing on the families who are 
being separated due to the new 
immigrant deportation policies 
in place around the U.S. 

The events host was Ventura 
County Clergy and Laity United 
for Economic Justice and was 
sponsored by Cal Lutheran's 
Center for Equality and Justice. 

"This is such a politically charged 
issue," said Dr. Rick Derderian, 
professor of history. "There are 
12 million foreign presences, and 
what do we do with it?" 

Immigrant laborers uphold the 
agriculture business in Ventura 
County, making them important 

constituents to the economy in 

..-.•■ • ■ 
this region. 

They are also leaders and 
members of congregations in the 

Chances are some of the people 
on campus are undocumented 
immigrants and are not known by 
others as such. 

One of these days they could 
disappear because they have been 


Many of the families facing 
deportation are being sheltered 
in sanctuary churches around the 

In many cases, the parents of 
children born in the United States 
have come as undocumented 
citizens, so they face the risk of 
deportation even though their 
children are U.S. citizens. 

Laws like the Patriot Act are 
causing families to be torn apart 
by a border. 

It is reported that 1,150 people 
were deported during three weeks 
of September in California alone. 

"These people have been here a 
long time," Derderian said. This 
is a post 9/11 issue for national 
security, but it could be dealt 
with more humanely than having 
families being separated." 

At the event, the Rev. Alexia 
Salvatierra of Clergy and Laity 
United for Economic Justice 
CA was the keynote speaker 
and discussed the 'beloved 
community' that Dr. Martin 
Luther King spoke about in one of 
his famous speeches. 

She spoke about how there is a 
belief that some people are worth 
more than others, but in truth, 
each person is "equally infinitely 

Salvatierra then told the crowd 
stories of immigrants who, under 
certain circumstances, committed 
a crime by living in the U.S. as 
undocumented citizens. 

A specific example is the woman 
known as Liliana Santuario, who 

is seeking refuge in the United 
Church of Christ in Simi Valley. 

Her family came to live in the 
U.S. legally to work in the fields 
but she wanted to finish high 
school back at home. Santuario 
family tried to petition that she 
become legal along with them. 
However, during the many-year 
wait she made the decision to fake 
citizenship at age 18 with a false 
birth certificate. 

She was caught and sent back 
to Mexico. Santuario returned to 
America later in her life, married 
an American citizen and started a 
family in the U.S. 

"Sanctuary is a place to protect 
people from cruel and unusual 
punishment- a safe and sacred 
place until they can get a fair 
trial," Salvatierra said. "Is the 
government response appropriate 
for the crime?" 

Because she had committed 
a felony many years prior, the 
immigration agency came to her 
house to deport her. 

They gave her a week to prepare 
her children, one of which is less 
than a year old, for her departure, 
and in this time she sought 
sanctuary at the church. 

"Separation of families is 
immoral and unjust," said Pastor 
of San Gabriel Mission, Fr. Steve 

So far, the government has not 
gone after deportation of any 
sanctuary families yet. 

"The opposite of slavery and 
oppression is not freedom. It is 
community," said the Rev. Phil 

Lawson, veteran of the 1960s 
Civil Rights Movement alongside 
his brother Jeremy Lawson, 
senior Pastor of Jones Memorial 
United Methodist Church and co- 
founder of the Black Alliance for 
Just Immigration. 

Why should the community 
stand up for just treatment of 
immigrants in this country? 

According to Niskanen, 
all people should have the 
opportunity for life and security 
wherever they live and the right to 
migrate to provide for themselves 
and their family. 

Sovereign nations have the 
right to legislate and regulate for 
the protection of the border, but 
protection should be for refugees 
and that protection should be 
respected because of basic human 

Basic human rights also allow 
for betterment of an individual's 
life by the means of education. 
It is difficult for children of 
immigrants to attend college 
and further their careers because 
of the financial situation of not 
being able to legally work in the 
United States to make a living. 

"(Having a work permitj would 
give us the opportunity for 
permanent legal residence with 
the right to work and contribute 
to the community," said Juana 
(who did not want her last name 
revealed), a CLU graduate who is 
finding difficulty furthering her 
career as a teacher because of legal 

Students can take part in being a 

community by civic participation. 

"Getting out the vote, that's how 
we create change," Salvatierra said. 
"We get it with voice, pressure, 
unity, support and sacrifice." 

Alice Linsmeier, executive 
director of Ventura County 
CLUE, commented on how she 
became involved with being part 
of the community that works for 
'prophetic hospitality.' 

"I was inspired by the prophetic 
hospitality that the community 
showed me during war in El 
Salvador," she said. "When the 
army wanted to take me away, 
with a life or death issue the 
community stood up for me 
despite the consequences." 

In order to support families 
like Liliana and students who 
aspire an education to succeed in 
our country, leaders in the New 
Sanctuary Movement call upon 
the community to stand up for 
what is just and moral, despite 
political affiliation. 

"Our move for just immigration 
needs people walking in the streets 
along with appealing to Congress 
for legislation," Lawson said. "We 
need to intensify the struggle 
until we can get an appropriate 

A fund raiser to help the Ventura 
County Sanctuary Family will 
be held on Nov. 1 from 11 a.m. 
to 3 p.m. at United Church of 
Christ Simi Valley in celebration 
of Halloween and Dia De Los 

Contact VC CLUE at (805) 890- 
0990 for more information. 

CLU Founders Day 
marks achievement 

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Anderson came to CLU in 1973 
and has served in many different 
church and education related 
positions since then. 

"It's just really overwhelming. I 
feel that there are so many others 
that also deserve this award. I 
really appreciate it," she said. 

After the award was given out, 
the audience was present for 
the installation of the regents 
and the commissioning of the 

Also special for this year, 
they honored one of the first 
CLU employees, Effie. She had 
recently celebrated her 100"' 
birthday and during her lifetime 
she has been extremely active in 
the university. 

"The campus has changed 
so much. There are so many 
new people, it is really pretty 

wonderful. It is also always 
something new, one building 
gets changed into something 
else," she said. 

There was also student 
involvement. The California 
Lutheran University Choir sang 
songs and "Wade in the Water," 
with Missy Bain as Alto and 
Reshai Tate as the Tenor. 

Instrumental offerings were 
presented with Wyndi May on 
flute and Aurelio Melero on 

"The choir was so incredible, I 
loved listening to them,"senior 
student Sahar Saberi said. "I've 
been a student here at CLU 
now for two years and this was 
definitely the best convocation 
so far. It was also fun to see how 
they honored the first employee 
on her 100' 1 ' birthday. She looked 
so proud to be a part of the 
university for so long." 

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Libertarian party visits CLU 

By Kelsey Bonesteel 

Echo Staff Writer 

It all started when someone 
wouldn't take his picture. James 
De Haan, president of the Campus 
Libertarian club, decided to take 
action when the Libertarian club 
wasn't included in a photograph 
of the political clubs on campus. 

"A lot of students don't know 
about the Libertarian Party," he 
said. "It's important to hear the 
third side." 

De Haan was able to convince 
Wayne Root, candidate for vice 
president of the Libertarian Party, 
to come to California Lutheran 
University. Last week at the 
Samuelson Chapel, he discussed 
the upcoming election and Bob 
Barr, the party's presidential 

Some of Barr's top priorities 
include dramatically reducing 
government spending, repealing 
legislation like the Patriot Act, 
which violates civil liberties, and 
to return power to the people by 
decreasing the size and scope of 
the federal government. 

Root had been a life long 
Republican until two years ago. 
He believed the Republican Party 
had changed their interest from 
the people and moved to large 

"Most people think this party is 
a wasted vote; a party that never 
wins. But I'm here to change all 

that," Root said. 

Root has a 16-year plan to 
win the presidency, based 
off of Ronald Reagan's plan. 
He set a goal to be on this 
year's ballot for president and 
without spending any money, 
he made the candidacy for vice 

During his speech he used 
many examples from past 
elections and presidents. His 
goal is to expand and broaden 
the message other presidents 
had to offer and to make 
people feel good about it and 

Root graduated from 

Columbia University in 1983 
with Barack Obama. He is also 
the second Jewish member ever 
on the ballot. 

His speech was full of strong 
viewpoints about the other 
candidates. He believes the 
government is not the solution, 
but that it is the problem that 
will not be able to fix itself. 

"Obama says he wants change, 
and that's true because when 
he's done, that's all you will have 
in your pockets," Root said. 

One of his main points 
tackled the issue of government 
spending. He said the 
government could cut all they 
wanted but if they do not 
reduce their spending, nothing 
will change. 

"Our government doesn't 

Libertarian Party Vice President Wayne Root speaks to an audience at the Chapel. 

Photo by Doug Barnett 

know how to budget tax revenue," 
Barr said. "They come to us for 
the extra and for every dollar 
we give in taxes, the government 
spends a dollar fifty." 

The Libertarian Party stands 
for the people. Root's main 
objective, when his 16-year plan 
to become president becomes 
reality, is to give it all back to the 

After Root finished his speech 
there was a three-way discussion 
between the representatives 

from the Campus Libertarians, 
James De Haan, Democrats, 
Grant Berg, and Republican, Ben 

They all debated topics such as 
the war in Iraq, the concept of 
world police and Propositions 
4 and 8. 

Feminism Is and the Gay 
Straight Alliance came to show 
their support for the speaker. 
They displayed their own booths 
in the lobby campaigning against 
Propositions 2 and 8. 

Kaitiyn Masai, one of the 
presidents of Feminism Is said, 
"We petition mostly off campus 
[about Prop. 4). Right now, 
it's really small, mostly around 
Planned Parenthood." 

Since the election is drawing 
near, both groups will continue 
to campaign against the 

This speaker was brought to 
campus to make students aware 
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November 1 

Mission: Rwanda 

1 1 a.m. to 9 p.m. Stuft Pizza 

The Tournees Festival: La Mome 

7 p.m. Preus-Brandt Forum 

Borderline: Halloween 

10 p.m. Borderline Bar and Grill 

Dia de ios Muertos 
(Day of the Dead) 

10 a.m. SUB 

Third Annual CLU 
Halloween Festival 

6 p.m. Kwan Fong Gallery 


CLU Soccer vs. Occidental 

1 1 a.m. Soccer Field 

Kingsmen Football Tailgate Party 

11:30 a.m. Kingsmen sideline 

CLU Football vs. Occidental 

1 p.m. Mt. Clef Stadium 



November 2 


November 3 



November 4 

Next week on campus 

"The ballot is 
stronger than 
the bullet." 

-Abraham Lincoln 

Educational Sorority Mixer 

7 p.m. Overton Hall 





Artist and Speakers Series: 

A Universe of Dreams - 

Ensemble Galilei 

8 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 
Nov. 7 

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A weapon to be wielded? 

Or more than that? 

A set of tools. 

A creative approach. 
A helping profession and collaborative process. 

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Professors 'past shapes present 

By Elicia Hildreth 
Echo Staff Writer 

California Lutheran University 
emphasizes hiring great faculty. 
It went above and beyond when 
hiring Tim Hengst. 

He is the director of the 
Multimedia program, the new 
executive president of Kingsmen 
Shakespeare Co., has illustrated 
more than 60 medical and 
surgical textbooks and was a 
member of the 1971 Kingsmen 
football team. 

Hengst was the starting strong 
tackle for the 1971 National 
Association of Intercollegiate 
Athletes National Championship 

The Kingsmen who upset 
Westminister College of 
Pennsylvania, a powerhouse from 
the NAIA Division II, 30-14 to 
win the national championship. 

"We surprised many people 
in winning the championship 
game, but we had a good team 
and played hard for the win," 
Hengst said. 

During his junior year at Cal 
Lutheran he married his wife, 
Jeanie, and during his senior year 
they had their first child. 

After his career at CLU he 
headed to John Hopkins School 
of Medicine where he perfected 
the craft of illustrating surgeries. 
Illustrating textbooks means 
a play-by-play drawing of a 
surgery, he explained. 

Hengst had the honor in 
shadowing Dr. Denton Cooley, 
a renowned heart surgeon in 
Texas. Hengst has illustrated 
three textbooks for him in three 

While illustrating the textbooks, 
he observed and drew different 
kinds of surgeries. 

Hengst has illustrated eight 
textbooks for facial surgery 
and assisted in illustrating 
retinal detachment repairs for 
professional boxers. 

He had the opportunity to 
watch Ernie Shavers and Sugar 
Ray Leonard, two professional 

Photo by Doug Barnett 
Multimedia professor, Tim Hengst, was a member 1971 of the NAIA Divi- 
sion II football team at CLU. 

boxers, surgeries'. Hengst was 
asked to join the faculty in 1977 
at John Hopkins. He accepted 
the position and became the 
primary illustrator at Wilmer 
Opthalmological Institute, the 
eye center at John Hopkins. 

Hengst enjoys teaching and has 
also taught at the graduate level 
during the 70s and 80s. 

His family decided to settle 
in Thousand Oaks, where he 
had a freelance center training 
in medical and biological 

He started teaching in 2000 
at CLU and became full-time 
in the Multimedia department. 
He helps students in web design, 
digital and interactive media. 

"Tim is an overachiever who 
has worked really hard to get 
where he is at today," said Randy 
Toland, factually secretary. 
"He sets high standards for his 
students and is really involved in 
seeing them succeed. He is just 
an overall great guy." 

Regarding his inspirations, 
Hengst said that Ben Webber, 
creator of the Luther statue, was 
his mentor. 

Webber's dedication to quality 
and traditional art techniques 
pushed Hengst to excel and to 
work harder. Kurt Nelson was 
also his inspiration because he 
was his anatomy professor and 
introduced him to the field of 


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Clubs raise 
awareness about 
political issues 

By Natasha Spiroff 
Echo Staff Writer 

In just six days, the U.S. as a 
nation will be electing a new 
commander in chief. Regardless 
of which presidential candidate 
comes out victorious, this election 
is guaranteed to be historic. 

The excitement surrounding this 
election has given fuel to both the 
College Republican and College 
Democrat clubs on the California 
Lutheran University campus. 

"We have had many 
volunteer opportunities with 
local candidates, as well as 
opportunities to volunteer for 
[Barack] Obama," said College 
Democrats president senior Missy 
Bain. "We have registered people 
to vote and some of us have 
participated in debates around 

The College Republicans have 
also been busy hosting voter 
registration drives, campaigning 
door-to-door, and participating 
in debates with the College 
Democrats and the Campus 

"We are focusing on outreach 
a lot more than in previous 
years," said College Republicans 
president sophomore Ben 

For many CLU students, this is 
the first presidential election that 
they are able to vote in and both 
the College Republicans and the 
College Democrats want to make 
sure that voters are educated. 
"The most important thing you 
can do is educate yourself," said 
junior and College Republican 
treasurer Mike Swaidan. 

This year, the two clubs have 
gotten together to watch the 
presidential and vice presidential 
debates and also held debates of 

their own. 

In addition to voting for the next 
United States president, American 
citizens everywhere will be voting 
on state propositions. This year, 
Californian voters will be deciding 
on 12 propositions. 

Proposition 8, which if passed 
would eliminate the right of 
same-sex couples to marry, has 
proven to be a controversial 
topic through its numerous 
commercials and the groups of 
protestors lining the streets of 
neighborhoods across California. 

Bain encourages individuals to 
vote no on Proposition 8. 

"I think that it is one of the most 
important decisions we could 
make," she said. "It will help set 
a precedent for the entire country 
and would hopefully encourage 
other states to follow in our 
footsteps toward equality and 

Despite his differing opinions 
on who should be the neit 
president of the United States, 
Swaidan also believes in voting no 
on Proposition 8. 

"On this issue I hold a more 
conservative view than a 
Republican one," Swaidan said. 

Both groups agree that it is 
important that everybody gets 
out and votes on Nov. 4. 

"So many students have 
registered to vote this year," Bain 
said. "Now all we have to do 
is make sure that those newly 
registered people actually get out 
and vote." 

"Know the issues and vote 
for the direction that you want 
the country to go in," Swaidan 
said. "Students are constantly 
complaining about the Bush 
administration. This is their 
chance to change something, to 
earn their right to complain." 

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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library 

Photo by Matt Kufeld 

One of the real Air Force Ones is on display at the Ronald Reagan Library. The Boeing 707 which served seven presidents is now open to the public to walk through. 

Reagan's library: a hidden j ewel 


By Margaret Nolan 
Managing Editor 

and Matt Kufeld 
Features Editor 

Just four miles from the campus of 
California Lutheran University sits the 
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and 
Museum in Simi Valley. 

The library, which is unbeknownst 
to many CLU students, offers research 
opportunities and a museum that looks 
back on the presidency of Ronald Reagan. 

It is one of 12 presidential libraries 
directed by the National Archives and 
Records Administration that aims to 
* educate visitors on his eight years in office 
through official and personal documents, 
photographs, videos and other artifacts. 

The Reagan Library is the first presidential 
library under the Freedom of Information 
Act and the first to have an electronic 

The archive department has more than 50- 
million pages of Reagan's records including 
more than 10-million pages of his personal 
papers such as his diary entries. 

"Reagan's personal papers and diaries are 
probably my favorite part of our collection," 
said Mike Duggan, supervisory archivist. 
"He wrote the same way he talked so what 
you saw was what you got with him." 

All of the Reagan's personal papers are 
available for public viewing, including for 
research by undergraduate and graduate 

"We have a working relationship with the 
university," Duggan said. 

He explained that there have been CLU 
classes that have come a few days a week 
for an entire semester in order to complete 
their assigned research project. 

If a student is interested in conducting 
a research project at the library, he or she 
must fill a research request form and talk 
to an archivist. An archivist will then help 

Photo by Matt Kufeld 
"Tear down this wall." A piece of the Berlin 
wall is on display at the Ronald Reagan Presi- 
dential Library. 

the student figure out which boxes to begin 
looking at in order to find the appropriate 

"We will try to find enough material for 
the student, but we don't want to overwhelm 
them," Duggan said. "Our job is to provide 
information in a nonpartisan way." 

Even if one's not interested in using the 
library for research purposes, there are 
many other interesting opportunities for 
students to take advantage of that follow 
the life and political career of the 40th 

While at the library, visitors can walk 
under a model of the Dixon Arch in Illinois 
to explore Reagan's youth. From there, the 

Reagan Library 

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library 
and Museum is open daily 10 a.m. until 
5 p.m. 

Students admission is $9 for a one day 
pass or $25 for a year pass. 

The archive facility holds: 

• 55 million personal and government 

• More than 1.5 million photographs 

• 20,000 video tapes 

• 25,000 audio tapes 
•670,000 feet of film 

• 100,000 personal artifacts 

Air Force One by the numbers: 

• Boeing 707 

• The plane tilts at a two-degree incline to 
simulate a real flight 

• Served as the plane for 7 presidents 
including Reagan, Nixon, Ford, Carter, 
Bush Sr., Clinton and Bush Jr. 

• Has flown over 1.3 million miles on 445 
presidential missions that have totalled 
2,798 hours 

exhibit follows his time as a radio sports 
announcer, an actor, during his term as 
the governor of California and through his 
presidential campaign. 

For fans of the formal first lady, there is a 
traveling exhibit that follows the fashion of 
Nancy Reagan during and after her time as 
first lady. 

After learning about his campaign, 
visitors move to the area that covers his 
two terms in office including a display of 
the miles he traveled on Air Force One, his 
part in the ending of the Cold War and his 
official limo. 

The Boeing 707 aircraft is available for 
boarding and offers visitors an opportunity 

as they can walk through the flying white 

Before visitors board the plane they can 
pose as the president and first lady while 
their picture* is taken on the airplane's red 

"Air Force One is my favorite exhibit at 
our library," said Melissa Giller, director 
of Communications and Operations. "Not 
that many people get to board an actual 
Air Force One that flew one of our nation's 

Also in the Air Force One Pavilion is a new 
Discovery Center that opened in 2007. 

"The Discovery Center will be a uniquely 
exciting and engaging educational 
experience," said R. Duke Blackwood, 
executive director of the Ronald Reagan 
Presidential Library Foundation. 

The center is able to provide school kids 
with interactive role-playing scenarios to 
further engage them in learning. 

Within the Discovery Center there is an 
Air Force One flight simulator, a White 
House Press Room to give visitors an 
opportunity to write and deliver a speech, a 
recreation of the oval office so that students 
can sit at the desk of the president and a 
high-tech replica of the Command Center 
of the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan where students 
can communicate with sailors. 

The museum also has a realistic replica of 
the oval office, decorated in the same way 
Reagan did for his eight years in office. 

In preparations for Reagan's 100th 
birthday on Feb. 6, 2011, the museum 
and library will be undergoing complete 
renovations to every gallery and exhibit, 
with the exception of Air Force One. 

For history buffs, Reagan enthusiasts or 
just a student looking to kill some time on 
a Saturday afternoon, the Reagan Library 
and Museum is a great place to check out. 
It will provide a unique insight into both 
the personal and business life of one of the 
nation's presidents. 

October 29, 2008 


Page 7 

Movie review: 'Saw V 

A dull blade for a dull Saw film 

Halloween is a time for trick-or-treating, 
pumpkin carving, and in recent years, 
a time for a new installment in the Saw 
franchise that was started five years ago. 

The puppet master Jig Saw has returned so there is 
no scarcity for bloody gore, with at least 10 quarts of 
it by the end of the film. 

This Halloween, treat yourself 
to the blood-bath that is the 
Saw trademark. 

Director David Hackl returns 
for his fourth installment of 
these films, this time presenting 
a Saw movie that is unlike its 

Each Saw movie has a distinct 
identity within the way the 
game is played. Saw V presents 
the audience with an interesting 
scenario, the notion that Jig Saw 
is dead. 

With only three notable 
returning actors from previous 
Saw films, the plot is centered 
on the connection between the 
three of them. 

Tobin Bell (Jigsaw) returns 
in his torturous ways, Costas 
Mandylor (Agent Hoffman) 
is returning for his third 
installment; (little is known of 
Hoffman other than he is not who he seems) and 
Scott Patterson (Agent Straum) returns as the one 
man who believes to know the true identity of Jigsaw. 

As with every Saw movie, we begin with a gruesome 
death and of course it wouldn't be a Saw film without 
a little gore. 

However, right from the beginning there is a 
different feel to this film in comparison to the others. 

"If you see one, you 
have to see them all!" 

Scott Beebe 
Movie Critic 

As you watch it, you get the sense that Hoffman 
overshadows the game that is being played and 
Straum grudges. 

As in previous films the game captures the audience's 
attention, but Saw V combines more suspense and 
intrigue to hold its audience captive. 

We are taken on a wild chase 
on the hunch that Straum 
believes Hoffman is actually 
Jigsaw. This hunch is fueled 
by jealousy because Hoffman 
received an award for killing 
and capturing Jigsaw in Saw 

However, Straum can't 
fathom how he was able to 

The chase between Hoffman 
and Straum overshadows 
the game between these five 
strangers, who in the end realize 
that they all had something in 

It's a bit of a dull story line 
compared to the previous four 
. films that left an avid Saw fan 
like myself disappointed and 
hoping that they will create a 
more classic Saw film the next 
time around. 
If you've seen one you will 
have to see them all. 

Whether you like or dislike this one, we must hope 
that they hear our cries and go back to what works as 
far as their films go. 

Go back to the scares and shocking endings that 
made us fall in love with these films. 

For now the game is over. Let's hope it will be reborn 
next Halloween. 


Cal Lutheran 


November 7th 

Linnaea Mallette 

Training Coordinator 

Office of Research Administration for l/CLA 

Samuelson Chapel 



"What are your plans for 

'I'm taking my little 
nephew trick-or- 
treating in Beverly 

Jackie Delapaz 

"[I'm] going to Santa 

Sam Lovetro 

"Party, party and 
party some more!" 

David Lundberg 

"Well it's my 
birthday, so Til 
probably go to Club 

Jeannie Schmitt 

"My roommates and 
I are dressing up as 

Disney princesses 
and we are going to a 

Halloween party." 

Luscinda Paguaga 

California Lutheran University 


■ The Echo 

Page 8 

October 29, 2008 

Must it always come to this? 

Missy Bain 

As we close in on the last weeks 
before the election, our TVs, mailboxes 
and e-mail inboxes are flooded with 
negative political attack ads. 

Most people will say that they hate 
these ads and that they hardly pay 
attention to them anyways. 

So, if everyone hates these ads so 
much, why do the campaigners keep 
running them? 

Because they work. 

The very people who hate these 
ads are the same people who will cite 
information from any one of them as a 
reason to vote or not vote for someone 

It is completely hypocritical and we 
would all like to think that we are not 

susceptible to this sort of behavior. Yet 
we continue to do it, year after year. 

These ads try, in about 30 seconds, to 
persuade you to think and/or vote one 
way or the other. 

In order to accomplish this, they 
must grab your attention and make 
a point 

However, most of the points they 
make are exaggerated, fear-based or 
just not true. 

Both political parties and both 
presidential candidates are doing it, 
especially now as they scramble for last 
minute votes and support. 

So how can we determine what is 
true and what is just being thrown at 
us to evoke a certain feeling? 

Research. And lots of it, too. 

I know, you are all thinking that you 
do enough research for your classes as 
it is. Who has the time to fact check? 

The scary thing is, the people who 
run these ads know this, and fully take 
advantage of it 

For example, a local ad being run 
by the Tony Strickland campaign 
(the man running as a Republican 
for our Senate District) talks all about 
the high-tax policies of Hannah- 

Beth Jackson (the woman running 
as a Democrat in the same Senate 

They list off bills AB 822, 81 and 
94 as sources to her raising property 
taxes, when really these bills are about 
bringing opportunity to recycle to 

Both political par- 
ties and both presi- 
dential candidates are • 
[producing attack ads], 
especially now as they 
scramble for last minute 
votes and support. 

every Califomian, extending the 
baby surrender laws from 72 hours 
to 30 days and requiring 33 percent 
of energy to be renewable by 2020, 

None of these things have anything 
to do with raising property taxes, and if 
they do, it is so abstract that they most 
definitely should not be cited. 

Also, they list off bills AB 16, 1058, 
1706, 1707 and 1740 as bills she voted 
for that would raise the gas tax. 

Bill 16 requires HPV 

vaccinations for all girls entering 
seventh grade, 1 058 supplies facilitators 
to child support services, 1076 requires 
sex offenders to register, 1707 requires 
employers to maintain employment 
records and 1740 was a bill about the 
state budget 

None of these things have anything 
to do with raising gasoline taxes. In 
fact, none of them have anything to do 
with transportation of any kind 

So why do they list these bills? 
Because it looks like they did their 
research, and therefore you are more 
likely to believe that what they are 
saying is true. 

But, they also count on you not 
doing the research to find out that 
these things actually have nothing to 
do with what they are talking about 
at all! 

I don't know about you, but I find all 
of this to be quite frustrating Why lie 
to me? Isn't there something you can 
tell me about your opponent that isn't 
a flat out lie? 

They are exploiting and demeaning 
our intelligence by feeding us false 
information, and we should all be 
offended. • 


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Letter to the Editor 

'Stoposition 8: 
No on Normality' 

"If there is a man who lies with a 
male as those who lie with a woman, 
both of them have committed a 
detestable act; they shall surely be 
put to death. Their bloodguiltness 
is upon them." Leviticus 20:13 

Proposition 8 is simply a fight 
between Christian morals, keep 
homosexual beliefs and agendas. 
Both should never be pushed 
onto another person who is not a 
believer in those same thoughts, yet 
it is apparent everywhere we turn. 
As far as I am concerned, I am a 
Christian brought up with true 
Christian morals and I believe that 
all individuals should be treated 

However, when I see people 
of the homosexual orientation 
pushing their rights and agendas 
on those who are heterosexual, it 
makes me think a little differendy 
of them. I am not using that as a 
blanket statement and saying that 
all homosexuals or bisexuals are 
that way, but I have seen plenty of 
examples that do not exacdy knock 
this opinion down. 

It seems to me these days that 
while homosexual people are 
fighting their way to freedom, 
they are doing it all the wrong 
way. In 99 percent of the world, 
homosexuality is condemned, just 
as it is condemned in all of the 
major religions. In those countries condemn homosexuality, 
they consider it perverse, obscene. 

vulgar and punishable by death in 
many societies. 

While homosexuals are coming 
"out of the closet" heterosexuals 
are being pushed into that same 
closet, unable to speak their minds 
without it being called "hate 
speech." Is that honestly fair? Is 
it fair that we have to be pushed 
into a different closet by believing 
someone else's beliefs? 

They expect to be treated like 
normal people by forcing us to not 
act like the normal people. 

Stereotypes are needed in order to 
have some basis for judgment, and 
they will always exist 

Everyone desires to be different, 
but normality is expected so the 
extent to which one can be different 
is hindered. 

Don't get me wrong, I have a few 
friends who are homosexual or 
bisexual, but they don't strive to 
constancy shove their orientation 
in my face and I would never try 
to do that to them. The previous 
sentence is not an example of 
"staying in the closet." 

If you would like an example of 
the extreme lengths that they are 
taking to "come out of the closet," 
just look at the Folsom Street 
Parade pictures taken up in San 
Francisco. Once you do, you will 
see exacdy what I am saying. 

Not only that, a group of 18 first 
gra< lers were bussed as a "field trip" 
id attend their lesbian teacher's 
wedding which was of course 
officiated by San Francisco's mayor, 
» <.\\ in Newsom (whether you like it 
or not). 

Arnold Schwarzenegger has 
banned the words "mother, father, 
husband and wife" out of textbooks 
now. What is coming of America's 
family ideals? 

Everything is slowly shifting to a 
state of abnormal. behavior. Every 

Heterosexuals are 
being pushed into 
[the] closet, unable to 
speak their minds with- 
out it being called "hate 

Christian knows that marriage is 
between a man and a woman> but 
somehow our Christian morals are 
being forgotten. 

Since I do believe in equality, I 
will say that if homosexuals want 
the privilege of marriage and those 
people voting yes on Proposition 
8 obviously don't, why doesn't 
the nation come to some kind of 
relationship that everybody can 
agree upon? 

If Christians don't believe that 
homosexuals should be able to get 
married, why don't we think of 
a different term for it that would 
mean potentially the same thing? 
After all, love isn't about a written 
certificate, or a ring on a finger; it is 
about being together with the one 
you love. 

The certificate and ring are 
material objects that cannot 
possibly amount to the intangible 
emotion that is felt between two 
people. Love is not about looking 

at your certificate or your ring and 
thinking "Well, I'm married" and 
going about your day normally. 

Besides, the ongoing rate is 
that one out of two (50 percent) 
marriages end up in a divorce, so 
why is this issue so hard-pressed? 
A true loving couple would wake 
up one morning and be thankful 
that they have their loved one and 
they know they would never be 
unfaithful and that all they want is 
to be with that person. The nation 
cannot seem to understand that, 
and I am speaking of homosexuals 
and heterosexuals alike. 

The Center for Disease Control 
is constandy trying to push cancer 
behind AIDS. Here's the issue: 
cancer affects everybody regardless 
of behavior, while AIDS is strictly 
behavior- related (unless a person is 
born with it, of course). 

The homosexual lifestyle is one 
that is mosdy hypersexual, anti- 
monogamous, and filled with 
random encounters. These diseases 
are made to seem like one-and-the- 
same, but AIDS is controllable by 
eliminating promiscuous, shameful 

Voting no on Proposition 8 will 
not help this nation move on 
smoothly. The issue is not about 
marriage as a whole, but only gay 
marriage; the message has been 
distorted. Of course we need to 
change rules or certain standards 
to excel, but how many times have 
you actually seen Christian morals 

Voting no will most certainly 
cause upheaval by Christians 

and heterosexuals alike, so how 
can we say that our nation is 
looking at a smoother path? 
Christianity is a morally positive, 
longstanding tradition, but it is not 

So, if "crazy, selfish right-wingers" 
were the ones who had the strength 
to speak up for their rights and 
beliefs, kudos to them. It was the 
"radical, depraved left-wingers" 
who started this mess in the first 
place. Four California Supreme 
Court Justices knocked down 
the vote of the majority, basically 
showing that our votes don't 

In regards to Tyler Homesley's 
article, amazing job on his part for 
standing up for what he believed 
and providing a conservative 
outiook on the election. I can 
say though, both he and Missy 
Bain could possibly benefit from 
researching in the eyes of both 
parties because while Tyler's article 
was fully conservative, Missy's was 
radically leftist. 

Also, although Lutheran ism is 
generally a liberal type of religion 
and this is a liberally sloped school, 
I can understand where Tyler was 

Overall, Christianity as a whole 
is a conservative religion; however 
certain branches of Christianity, 
like Lutheranism, are more liberal 
(but not completely) in their views. 
Is that something to brag about 
though? Great job Tyler! 

Sarah Koerting, class of 2011, 
Republican, Criminal Jumk>. 

October 29, 2008 


Page 9 

Halloween notice: keep it local 

UC Santa Barbara mails out notice entitled "Know What's Legal and What Isn't" 


Every year on Halloween, col- 
lege students within driving- 
distance of Santa Barbara flood 
the streets of Isla Vista for one 
purpose: to 

In the past, 
there have 
been horror 
stories told 
by a friend- 
and rumors 
about the 
city "crack- 
ing down 
this year." 
However, the week-long festivi- 
ties in IV seem to be ever-present 
despite all warnings. 
Could this year be different? 
Mailed all the way from UC 
Santa Barbara was a Halloween 
notice entitled, "Know What's 
Legal and What Isn't." 

It lists various laws such as 
"furnishing alcohol to a minor: 
$1,000 (18-20 years)- $3000 (un- 
der 18 years) - multiplied by the 
number of minors at the party!" 
and "possession of less than an 
ounce of marijuana - $100 + li- 
cense suspension if under 21." 

I will admit, I went to IV last 
year and had a great time. 

It was quite the reunion, I saw 
high school friends that I hadn't 
spoken to since I left for college 
plus a ton of California Lutheran 
University students. 

I even remember running into 
a friend from elementary school. 
That is how many people attend 
the Santa Barbara festivities. 

What is it that attracts college 
students to SB from up and 
down the coast of California? 

After having experienced the 
craziness of a Halloween cel- 
ebrated Isla Vista-style, I can 
honestly say it isn't much dif- 
ferent than going to any other 
college party. 

Only last year I left the party 
with no money because of the 
cost of hotel and cab fare and 
more than several blisters from 
my new Steve Madden heels. 

Picture a crowded CLU party 
multiplied by a thousand and 
that would be the average num- 
ber of people in the drive-way of 
an IV fraternity house. 

The scene looks a lot like a 
parade down Disneyland's Main 
Street, only with college students 
in french maid costumes instead 
of colorful leotards and rain that 
tastes and looks a lot like beer in 
place of confetti. 

With really big issues such as 
underage drinking and drug use, 
stricter policies and a greater 
emphasis on the law are neces- 

Statistics have shown that the 
majority of violations are from 
out-of-town college students. 

I.D.s will be checked in resi- 
dence housing at UCSB and 
Santa Barbara Community Col- 
lege to prevent non-locals from 
staying in dorms. 
Even noise ordinance viola- 

tions are in place, "$144 to $500 
administrative fines (unpaid 
fines will appear on your credit 

Now I can't single-handedly 
shut down all partying down in 
IV this Halloween. 

In fact, before reading the 
warning notice I would have 
recommended spending Hallow- 
een in SB, but I think city police 
along with UCSB and SBCC are 
looking too provide a safer place 
to spend the holiday. 

I know that no matter what, 
college students are going to be 
there wearing french maid cos- 
tumes in all their glory. 

Some advice for those persis- 
tent partyers: 

Get a hotel room, if you haven't 

It is good to know that at the 
end of the night (or 4 a.m.) there 
will be a safe, frat boy free bed 
available when you get back. 

Call a cab. I know that the ma- 
jority of the time you'll be walk- 
ing, but a taxi is always helpful to 
and from the hotel. 

Parking is a huge hassle. 

Roadblocks will be placed by 
8p.m. at the following intersec- 

Del Playa at Camino Corto 

Camino del Sur at Trigo 

Camino Pescadero at Trigo 
El Embarcadero at Trigo 
Embarcadero at Trigo 

With really big 
issues such as 
underage drinking and 
drug use, stricter poli- 
cies are necessary. 

Know the owners of the house 
party you are attending. 

This way you and your friends 
won't be one of those wander- 
ers who gets kicked out of the 


Even though my friends and I 
managed to stay safe the entire 
weekend, I can't count on that 
happening every year. 

Staying local might be the best 

Both schools, just like CLU, 
have standards to uphold. 

If you do decide to visit Santa 
Barbara this weekend be sure 
to behave as appropriately and 
responsibly as you would here in 
Thousand Oaks. 

Avoid costly taxicabs, sore feet 
and a Minor in Possession ticket 
by dressing up for the occasion 
in the area. 

Mass of the Children 

John Rutter 

Susan Frye, Soprano 

Steve Johnson, Baritone 

Royal Oaks Chamber Orchestra 

Zwei Gesange 

Johannes Brahms 
Joe Ehlinger, Baritone 
Giovana Moraga, Cello 
Soon Seop Kim, Piano 

Oaks Chamber Singers 

Annette Murphy, Director 

Los Robles Children's Choir 

Donna Young, Artistic Director 

Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 pm 

Samuelson Chapel 
California Lutheran University 

Tickets $20 
Students, Children, and Seniors $18 

For advance tickets & information 

call 805-499-1913 or visit 

California Lutheran University 

Page 10 

f* The Echo . 


October 29, 2008 

Defense dominates Panthers 

CLU defense 
scores only TD 
for Kingsmen 

By Nicole Flanary 
Echo Staff Writer 

The Kingsmen football team 
defeated the Chapman Panthers 
16-7 Saturday in a non- 
conference bout on its home 

Cal Lutheran plays home 
Saturday Nov. 1 against SCIAC 
rival Occidental at 1 p.m. 

CLU's defense was 

instrumental in the victory, 
holding the Panthers to 139 
yards total offense. 

"I think the defense really 
stood out on Saturday. We 
played as a whole and played 
how we need to play every 
week," junior tackle Sawyer 
Merrill said. 

The first of several big plays 
for the defense came when 
Roland Jenkins sacked Chapman 
quarterback Eric Marty for a 
loss early in the first quarter. 

Although the offense was 
unable to convert on their initial 
possession, the defense for CLU 
came up with another huge 

Junior linebacker Roland 

Jenkins sacked Marty, causing 
him to fumble the ball and 
Sophomore Jordan Barta 
scored on the fumble recovery, 
running 12 yards into the end 
zone to put the Kingsman up 
early in the first. 

"Barta's fumble recovery for a 
touchdown was a huge play for 
us," senior wide receiver Kevin 
Shaifer said. "Our defense did 
well, they got their hands on a 
lot of balls." 

In addition to grabbing loose 
balls, the Kingsmen defense 
got their hands on quarterback 
Marty. Jacob Calderon and 
Roland Jenkins sacked Marty 
for a loss. 

The Panthers first and only 
score of the game came with a 
23-yard touchdown reception 
by Chris Langstaff. 

The touchdown pass was one 
of only 1 1 completions for 

The Kingsmen defense was 
relentless, holding the Panther 
quarterback to 67 total passing 

"The defense played well 
together Saturday. Our goal is 
to be consistent and keep the 
intensity up week in and week 
out," junior Victor Edwards 

Following Chapman's only 
score of the game, CLU's 
offense, led by quarterback 

Photo bv Rachel Wolf 

Receiver Chris Hammond, J, had three receptions for 47 yards Saturday. 

Jericho Toilolo, drove 57 yards 
down the field. 

The offense came up empty- 
handed after a failed field goal 
attempt by Jackson Damron. He 
kicked two through the uprights 

in the second half, for a total of 
three on the day. 

CLU's offense was held to 
field goal attempts five different 
times during the game, unable 
to finish out drives and put the 

ball in the end zone. 

"Overall, the offense did 
what they needed to in order 
to secure the win. At the same 
time, we need to finish our 
drives," Shaifer said. "We need 
to concentrate on playing a 
complete game, eliminating 
turnovers and mistakes." 

An offensive mistake came 
early in the second half for 
the Kingsmen when Toilolo 
fumbled the ball at Chapman's 
own 45 but the Panthers were 
unable to convert. 

On CLU's next possession, 
Toilolo threw his seventh 
interception this season. 
Fortunately, CLU's defense was 
able force a punt. 

Clayton Cardenas and Edwards 
each posted picks of their 
own. Edwards' fourth quarter 
interception sealed the victory 
for Cal Lutheran. 

"We were prepped really well 
for the game versus Chapman," 
Edwards said. "Next week, we 
need to stay focused, continue 
to work hard in practice and 
execute come game day." 

"We need to work on 
everything we can on both 
sides of the ball to beat Oxy," 

Merrill said. "If we can play 
to our potential, and eliminate 
mistakes and turnovers, I am 
confident we can come out on 

Sink or swim for water polo 

By Jackson Damron 
Echo Staff Writer 

Two SCIAC teams left a 
sour taste in the Kingsmen's 
mouths last week as the 
Kingsmen water polo team 
(8-12. 0-3 SCIAC) fell to 
Occidental University and 
Pomona-Pitzer College, each 
by one goal. 

CLU will travel to face the 
University of La Verne (3-15, 
1-2 SCIAC) today at 4 p.m. 

On Wednesday CLU was 

defeated by the Oxy Tigers 
5-6 in a match where the 
Kingsmen never held the 

Later in the week the 
troubles at home continued 
as . the Kingsmen were 
defeated by the Pomona- 
Pitzer Sagehens, ranked 
third in NCAA Division III, 

"We played hard and came 
up short twice," junior 2M 
Matt Heagy said. "It doesn't 
sit well with us to not have 

Photo by Nathan Hoyt 
Jordan Meaney looks to pass the ball against Pomona-Pitzer. 

a conference win. We're going 
to work hard in practice and 
take care of business from 
here on." 

Senior defender Andrew 
Valdes, the nation's third 
leading scorer, found the 
net four times in the first 
half and single-handedly 
provided Occidental with a 
4-3 lead at the half. 

The Kingsmen were shutout 
on power play chances, 0-5, 
and missed two penalty shots 
with both having a chance to 
tie the game. 

CLU did force a tie late 
in the first half at 2-2, but 
following the third Valdes 
score with 5:07 left in the 
first half the Kingsmen would 
trail for the remainder of the 

The leading scorer for the 
Kingsmen, Heagy, put away 
two of his three goals in the 
second quarter, while junior 
goalkeeper Jordan Bouey 
had nine saves to keep Cal 
Lutheran close. 

"Heagy had another good 
performance," said CLU 
coach Craig Rond. "This is 
what we come to expect from 

our two-time All-American." 

The Tigers were 50 percent 
on power play opportunities, 
with both providing two 
goal cushions at 4-2 and 5-3. 
Occidental goalkeeper Max 
Kelly also had nine saves in 
the victory. 

The Tigers made up for 
an earlier 11-9 loss to Cal 
Lutheran this season during 
the CLU Fall Tournament on 
Sept. 20 and put an end to 
its losing streak of six games 
against the Kingsmen. 

On Saturday neither team 
led by more than one goal 
over all 32 minutes of 
play. Sagehen junior Jason 
Henshall scored the game- 
winner with 61 seconds left 
in regulation to give the 
Kingsmen back-to-back one 
goal conference losses. 

Sophomore Mikey 

Blanchard and Heagy 

provided the first three 
leads of the game for CLU 
at 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 with 
Pomona-Pitzer striking right 
back with two scores from 
sophomore, Ben Hadley 
and a third from fellow 
sophomore, Ryan Balikian. 

Both teams provided a lot 
of early action combining 
for six goals in the opening 
quarter but would only score 
seven over the final three 

The Sagehens took their 
first lead of the game after 
Balikian put away his second 
goal of the game with 6:27 
left in the second quarter. 

Facing its first deficit of the 
game, CLU sophomore Wes 
Lewis tied it up at 4-4 with 
1:44 left and it remained that 
way into halftime. 

Two goals by Jeff Chaney 
provided a 5-4 and 6-5 
third quarter advantage for 
the Kingsmen that stood 
through the start of the final 

"We felt good going into 
the fourth quarter," said 
Sco{t Bergemann. "We had it 
and just let it slip away." 

The Kingsmen offense 
sputtered, not scoring a goal 
in the final 10 minutes of 
play while junior Andrew 
Ayers tied the game with 6:26 
left and Henshall the game- 
winner for the Sagehens. 

October 29, 2008 


Page 1 1 

Knights rugby ready to go 

CLU believes it 
is ready to be a 

By Jeff Chaney 

Echo Staff Writer 

Back in 1971 a small group 
of California Lutheran College 
football players started the 
Rugby Football Club. Almost 
30 years later, the men's 
program has climbed its way 
up to the No. 3 in Division 
3 with their eyes on the 

The Knights will play their 
first match of the season on 
Nov. 1 at Riverside at noon. 

From coast to coast other 
rugby clubs know Cal 
Lutheran. The Knights' 
opponents remember teams 
that are built like brick houses 
but will reach out to their 
opponents and help them 
up off the ground after they 
barrel through them. 

"We feel really good about 
this upcoming season," said 
senior Andrew Aguiniga. 
"There's a solid core of us 
that have played together 
since freshman year, so the 
chemistry is there. We've 
picked up some good recruits 
and have a good group of 
sophomores and rookies 
coming in." 

Southern California has 25 

collegiate rugby clubs. This 
year the Knights will try to 
take down the top two. teams, 
the University of Southern 
California and Occidental 
College, ranked above them in 
their new division. 

"We get USC and Occidental 
at home, who are ranked above 
us, so we hope to use the home 
field to our advantage" said 

The Knights have catapulted 
themselves through the ranks 
since 1971 and have established 
themselves as a powerhouse in 
Southern California. 

"It really just comes down to 
consistency and commitment," 
Aguiniga said 

"Since we'll be playing some 
tough teams early in the 
season, we have to be at the 
top of our game before our 

season starts in January." 

The last two years the Knights 
have finished 10-3, and the 
club's popularity is on the 
rise. Not many sports include 
the two teams having socials 
after they play each other in 
such a physical match. Rugby 
is one of those sports. 

This fall, the Knights will 
play a handful of preseason 
matches as well as at least nine 

Courtesy of the Rugby Team 

The Cal Lutheran Knights fight to stay on their feet in a match. 

regular season and the always 
cheerful alumni game in the 

Senior Vince Bartels, 

who brings leadership and 
experience to the team, will 
captain the Knights. Bartels 
will be starting at flyhalf, just 
like he has since his freshman 

Other players to look out 
for are seniors Pat "The 
Might Oak" Patterson, Rico 
"Sexy Man" Portaro, Mike 
"The Mexican" Aragon, Ian 
Freeman, Jake "Calzone" 
Calderon and Hector De Alba. 

Juniors returning to the 
Knights will be Erik Sparby, 
Nick "the Quag" Dettorre, and 
"Ace and Gary" (a.k.a. Ryan 
Cudahy and Malcolm "Click 
Clack" Mostoles). 

Three sophomores and a 
handful of new freshmen 
will also be stepping up their 
games to keep the spirit of 
hard hitting and camaraderie 
alive for future years. 

"Expect our key players to be 
leaders on and off the pitch," 
Aguiniga said. 

Forwards like Patterson, 
Aguiniga, Freeman, Serna, 
Dettorre and Sparby will 
attempt to score many 
tries and demoralize their 
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The backs for the Knights 
also bring an exciting element 
to the game with their 
lightning-fast moves and 
speed on the field. 

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October 29, 2008 

Regals sweep doubleheader 

Cal Lutheran 
beats out of 
state opponent 

By Nicole Jacobsen 

Echo Staff Writer 

Friday was a memorable 
day for one of the California 
Lutheran University volleyball 
players. The afternoon game 
against North Park University 
(111.) was the first game back 
for Summer Plante-Newman, 
a senior outside hitter, after 
sitting out for a week due to 
an injury. 

Plante-Newman was cleared 
to play on Thursday by the 
doctor after breaking her jaw 
during the second game of the 
Oct. 10 match versus Mount 
St. Joseph (Mary.) University 
at the Wild West Shootout 
tournament at Cal State East 

"It was so exciting to be out 
|bere with my team again," 
Plante-Newman said. "It felt 
so great to be back on the 
court and it really makes me 
love and appreciate my team 
and everything that CLU 

volleyball stands for." 

As much as she wanted to 
get back on the court, Plante- 
Newman said she was nervous 
to ask the doctor to clear her 
and before she could even 
consider the idea, they had 
to have a long talk about the 

"The doctor took some x-rays 
and said the titanium plate 
was still perfectly in place," 
Plante-Newman said. "He said 
I would just have to be patient 
because after six weeks my jaw 
would only be five percent 

The entire volleyball team 
was excited to have her 
back as well. After losing to 
their biggest rival, La Verne 
University, last week without 
one of their starters, the Regals 
were ready to have the entire 
team back on the court again. 

"We were so excited to have 
her back," sophomore middle 
blocker Allison Kerr said. 
"Our team has been blessed 
that she's healed so quickly 
and has made such a fast 

Before last week's game 
versus La Verne, the Leopards 
head coach Don Flora emailed 
coach Kellee Roesel giving their 

condolences about Plante- 
Newman, wanting to let them 
know they were praying for her 
and wishing her well. 

"It was a nice gesture but the 
team knows it was a load of 
crap," sophomore Cara Ihde 
said. "They're our biggest rival 
and when a starter on your 
rival's team gets injured you're 
secretly happy about it even if 
you try to act otherwise." 

Plante-Newman says the team 
wouldn't have gotten through 
this obstacle by themselves. 

"We are so blessed to have 
an amazing group of girls, 
coaches and fans," Plante- 
Newman said. "They support 
us through all situations. I'm 
so thankful because I know 
God has an amazing plan 
ahead of our team and I'm so 
excited and grateful to be a 
part of it." 

With the entire team together 
again, the Regals are ready to 
finish out the season on a high 

"From here on out every 
game is for conference title," 
Ihde said. "Having her back 
and knowing she's on her way 
to a full recovery makes us that 
much more excited for these 
last few games." 

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Beavers make history vs. Kingsmen 

Caltech wins 
first game 
against CLU 

By Krystle Van Deusen 
Echo Staff Writer 

For as far back as the 
university's records go, 
Caltech has not been able 
beat the Cal Lutheran men's 
soccer team. But for the first 
time in school history the 
Beavers earned a 1-0 victory 
against the Kingsmen on 

Following the shocking 
loss, Cal Lutheran dropped 
the game to the Claremont- 
Mudd-Scripps on Saturday 
afternoon at CLU's West 

With playoff hopes 

still alive, the California 
Lutheran University men's 
soccer team will play its 
final SCIAC road game at 
the University of Redlands 
today at 4 p.m. To stay alive 
for the SCIAC Tournament, 
the Kingsmen need at least 
a tie against Redlands on 

It took Caltech more than 
a decade and 35 losses 
before CIT's Tyler Volkoff 

ended their losing streak by 
burying a goal in the back 
of the net with less then a 
minute left in regulation. 
CLU did have many scoring 
opportunities with 17 shots 
to Caltech's six. 

"Sometimes we can 
underestimate a team like 
Caltech. They are better 
than they were in the past," 
junior midfielder / forward 
Ryan McDermott said. "We 
couldn't get an early goal 
and we couldn't execute our 

The Kingsmen had a 
season-high 1 1 corner kicks, 
while the Beavers were held 
to only three in the match. 

"We are no longer looking 
in the past," assistant coach 
Clark Cripps said. "We are 
moving on with the rest of 
the season, we just need to 
connect and play more as a 

On Saturday, the 

scored two first half goals 
and held the Kingsmen to 
no goals in the match. 

In the first 45 minutes, 
the Stags' fifth shot attempt 
hit off the head of Stefan 
Gonzalez. A hard cross 
bounced off CLU goalkeeper 
Braden Hoyt and rebounded 
to Gonzalez, who headed it 

Photo by Rachel Wolf 
Victor Perez, 10, tries to clear out a CMS defender and maintain possesion. 

in to open up an early lead 
at 1-0. 

In the 40th minute, a 
misplayed ball through 
the CLU midfield led the 
defense to scramble back. 
CMS's Ryan Weaver drew a 
counterattack and led Chris 

Lowen to a one-on-one with 
the goalkeeper, where he 
was able to capitalize on the 
broken defense and increase 
the lead to 2-0. 

"We were dominating for 
the majority of the game," 
junior defender Alex Tragos 

said. "We were just getting 
unlucky with our chances." 

The Kingsmen had many 
close scoring opportunities 
with the best chance coming 
from David Garcia. He ran 
across the goal and received 
the ball in front of the net, 
but was unable to capitalize 
by striking just slightly over 
the top crossbar of the CMS 

During the final 45 minutes 
of the match Cal Lutheran 
kept the ball mostly on their 
offensive side. With 11 shots 
taken in the second half, 
out of a total of 16 shot 
attempts, the Kingsmen still 
could not find the net. 

Cal Lutheran (8-9, 6-6 
SCIAC) has six conference 
wins with only two games 
left in conference. Redlands 
(13-4-1, 11-0-1 SCIAC) will 
be their biggest competition, 
followed by Occidental (6-7- 
2, 6-5-1 SCIAC) to wrap up 
the season. 

"Redlands is weak 

defensively so they tend to 
push the ball through their 
midfield and forwards, 
in order to keep it out of 
their defensive half," Tragos 
said. "Our strategy for 
Wednesday is to shut down 
their midfield and keep it on 
their half." 

The Echo 

California Lutheran University 

Volume 52, Number 8 

November 5,2008 

Halloween festival fills gallery 

Sculptures and lights 
decorate the Kwan 
Fong Gallery 

By Amanda Lovett 

Echo Staff Writer 

Attendees at Friday night's 
third Annual California 
Lutheran University 

Halloween Festival enjoyed 
pumpkin pie and sparkling 
apple cider as they admired 
the light sculptures by Sean 
Sobczak and other events 
held in honor of the spooky 

The event was in the Kwan 
Fong Gallery courtyard. 

It was sponsored by Cal 
Lutheran's art department 
and hosted by Michael Pearce, 
who sliced the pumpkin pies 
and handed each person 
as much pie as their heart 

Light Sculptures featured a 
12-foot brightly-illuminated 
octopus, wrapped around a 
broken car door. 

The gallery also had other 
sea creatures, including 
seahorses, sea dragons, a 
jellyfish, a caterpillar, a black 
widow spider hanging on the 
wall of the gallery and student 
artwork in the upstairs 

"The idea for the octopus was 
commissioned," said Sobczak, 
designer and installer of the 


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"My friend was getting rid of 
the car door, so I took it and 
built the octopus around it." 

Last year's feature was the 
two headed dragon, Chewie 
and Esmerelda that was 25- 
feet long. 

"The sculptures are all about 
curving the wire. It's fun, but 
constrained," Sobczak said. 

In fact, he has an entire 
gallery of his own in various 
places and of many different 

"I've been doing this for 
seven years, and this is the 
third year I have presented 
the sculptures here for 
Halloween," Sobczak said. 

Among the crowd many 
attendees were seen wearing 

Dr. Dru Pagliassotti walked 
the festival as a character 
based from her novel, 
"Clockwork Heart," a 19 ,h 
century time traveler who has 
come into the modern world, 
dressed with aviator goggles 
and carrying a peculiar 
briefcase with photos relating 
to a steampunk theme glued 
on the front. 

"I've got to have something 
to put my underwear in," she 

"Have you ever gone to 
the future without your 
underwear? There's a future 
without underwear? That's 

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Community members view student sculptures in the Kwan Fong Gallery. 

"I've been in a steampunk Jackson impersonator, who 

mood this year," Paglissotti humorously exaggerated 

said. "The novel I wrote was Jackson's famous moves such 

about steampunk." as his moon walk. 

According to Pagliassotti, At the end of the evening a 

steampunk is the idea that the costume parade was held and 

future should be as Jules Verne various gift certificates were 

and H.G. Wells wrote it. given to the best-dressed. 

Apparently her character The community can expect 

was quite shocked to see the to see more galleries featuring 

modern world as it is. Sobczak's artwork. 

Others were dressed up in "My future ideas for light 

characters such as Juno, a sculptures include a flying 

skier, Michael Jackson and angel and more sea creatures," 

Gov. Sarah Palin. he said. 

The lighting of the For those interested in 

sculptures was followed by viewing Sobczak's online 

a special ballet performance gallery can find more events 

on a floor designed like an where his artwork will be 

ouija board and a dance featured, visit his Web site (w 

performance by the Michael 

Housing changes cause concern 

By Jennifer Tholse 
Echo Staff Writer 

Starting next semester, 
changes will be made regarding 
housing at California Lutheran 
University's campus. 

No decisions of what 
exactly is going to be changed 
has been decided, but according 
to Nathan Fall, coordinator for 
Residence Life, when Trinity 
Hall is finished, students will 
be moved around. 

As of now there are discussions 
about Kramer Court becoming 

housing for married students 
and about moving the graduate 
and off-campus students into 
the campus houses. 

"There is also some housing 
for five persons living in 
one apartment. That will be 
changed to four since we will 
have more space available," Fall 

Junior Andreas Kolstad said 
that he thought the idea of 
marriage dorm housing sounds 
a little odd, but understands 
why the school would want to 
accommodate married couples. 

"So what they have in mind is 
for some people to create a little 
campus family and maybe have 
campus kids? The idea of living 
as a married couple in a dorm 
sounds more like an Adam 
Sandler movie than a practical 
solution," Kolstad said. 

According to Fall, the reason 
for the idea of marriage 
housing is because there is a 
lot of couples that are living on 
campus right now. 

However, they cannot live 
together because of the campus 
policy that doesn't allow 

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students of the opposite sex 
to be in each other's dorms 
between 2 - 6 a.m. 

"I like the whole apart- 
ment style, the back- 
yard, the kitchen and a 
lot of good stuff can be 

— Anthony Vasquez 

"We have a lot of couples on 
campus but they may not stay 

So we want it more stable by 

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only allowing married couples," 
Fall said. 

He also explained that 
Trinity Hall is scheduled to be 
completed next semester, but if 
not, there may be students that 
will stay in their dorms in the 
beginning and later move over 
when Trinity is done. 

"It is kind of separated and 
it's just easier to have everyone 
in one area. As of fall '09 most 
likely won't be any students in 
Kramer," Fall said. 

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Page 2 

November 5, 2008 

Dia de los Muertos vigil at CLU 

By Gigi.Arjomand 
Echo Staff Writer 

Festivities were very much 
alive on the California Lutheran 
University's campus Thursday, 
during the celebration of Dia 
de los Muertos, translated as 
"The Day of the Dead." 

Students came together in 
the Student Union Building 
to remember and honor their 
deceased friends and relatives. 

The Latin American Students 
Organization along with 
Multicultural Programs 

organized the event in 
celebration of the holiday 
that occurs on Nov. 1-2 in 
connection with the Catholic 
holiday of All Saints Day and 
All Souls Day. 

"It's not evil and there's 
absolutely no negative 
connotation associated with 
this traditional holiday," senior 
Will Gonzalez said. 

Although from an outside 
perspective the method of 
homage might seem morbid, 
it is in all actuality a respectful 
and time-honored custom that 
originated in Mexico. 

The Mexican culture 
believes there are 
certain saints dedicated 
to this particular day. 
The holiday focuses on 
gatherings of friends 
and family to pray for 
and celebrate the lives 
of those who have 

"Honestly I used to not 
understand what this 
whole thing was about," 
said Sara Ghirum, a 
junior student at Cal 
Lutheran. "I understand 
that it's actually kind of 
inspiring, celebrating 
life not death." 

Traditions typically 
include building private 
altars honoring the 
deceased, using sugar 
skulls, marigolds, the favorite 
foods and beverages of the 
departed and visiting graves of 
the dead with gifts. 

Although this was a Mexican 
holiday and celebration, those 
in attendance came from 
various backgrounds and 

"It's so amazing how we 

Photo by Dcsiree D'Arienzo 
Students make crafts in Dia de los Muertos festivities in the SUB. 

embrace all different cultures 
and educate each other with 
our own here at Cal Lu," said 
Mark Lindstrom, a junior 
international student from 

The Students Union Building 
was decorated authentically. 
Students contributed by 
bringing pictures and 

sentimental items associated 

with their deceased loved ones. 

The Latin American 

Association Organization 

provided the famous paper 
cutouts of saints along with 
pictures and information 
detailing the history of the 

The traditional pan de 
muerto (bread) was available 
to sample. 

"I was pleasantly surprised by 
the authenticity of the food and 
decor," said Michelle Wong, a 
student visiting from Pasadena 
City College. 

From 10 a.m. on Thursday, 
people were welcome to 
visit the altars erected in the 
Student Union Building. At 7 
p.m. a program coordinated 
by the Latin American Student 
Organization began. 

While death is a generally 
skirted topic of conversation 
in the United States, the 
remembrance of departed 
ancestors is traditional among 
diverse cultures around the 

Scholars trace the origins of 
the modern holiday Dia de los 
Muertos to native observances 
traced back thousands of years 
to the Aztecs. 

"The vibe was incredible," said 
Elise Williams, a senior student 
at CLU, "I was chillin' in the 
SUB because I had a meeting 
on campus later that night and 
it was amazing to witness such 
a vibrant, joyful and festive 
celebration around a topic as 
serious as death." 

Kramer Court 
will no longer 
house students 

Continued from 1; 

Senior and resident assistant 
of Kramer Court, Jaymes 
White, explained that he is 
sad about the decisions of not 
allowing students to live in 
Kramer any more. 

He said that it is a unique 
set of dorms and he knows a 
lot of people that would like 
to move in. 

"It is more secluded and 
more of a community feel. 
Everybody hangs out with 
each other and everybody 
just keeps their doors open," 
White said. 

"I am still happy though that 
we were the last one's who got 
a chance to live here." 

Senior Anthony Vasquez 
is one of the residents in 
Kramer court. 

He explained that he had 
tried living in other dorms 
before, but thinks Kramer is 
definitely the best he has lived 
in and would stay if he could. 

"I like the whole apartment 
style, the backyard, the 
kitchen and a lot of good stuff 

that can be used. I have a lot 
of friends asking if it will be 

"I am still happy though 
that we were the last 
one's who got a chance 
to live here." 

— James White 

available next year. But when I 
told them they got bummed," 
he said. 

Fall said, "Kramer court 
is more attractive to the 
students since each residency 
got a kitchen and a backyard 
and they like the fact that it is 
more secluded," Fall said. 

Kramer Court is not the only 
housing option that will be 
missed, however. 

Students currently living in 
houses, like junior Margaret 
Nolan, explain living in a 
house is nice because they feel 
more independent than they 
did in regular dorms. 

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Leader in 'humanity' 

32 years and 
300,000 homes 
for Clive Rainey 

By Dana Blackburn 

Echo Staff Writer 

Habitat for Humanity's first 
volunteer, Clive Rainey spoke at 
the California Lutheran University 
campus last Monday. 

Rainey joined Habitat for 
Humanity in April of 1977 as the 
organization's initial volunteer 
and during the organization's 
early years, he served as a chair 
member of the family selection 
committee. He told inspirational 
stories about families who have 
been greatly affected through the 
work of Habitat for Humanity. 

Rainey is credited for introducing 
the concept of "sweat equity" to 
Habitat for Humanity, a concept 
now widely familiar to those 
involved in the organization. 

"Sweat equity" is a process in 
which homeowners volunteer 
hours of work in place of money 
for a down payment. 

The future homeowners of 
Habitat for Humanity houses are . 
required to fit in a certain amount 
of labor hours into building 
their house, and the houses of 
others in the surrounding area. 
The opportunity is a miracle for 

families involved. 

"Sweat equity is used in a 
situation in which would-be 
homeowners don't have the 
money for a down payment on 
a house," Rainey said. 

He explained that through the 
use of "sweat equity," Habitat for 
Humanity is not giving people 
hand outs, they are giving them 
a hand -up. 

Habitat for Humanity offers 
housing solutions to 145 
families every day. 

This week Rainey, along 
with many other Habitat for 
Humanity members, will 
celebrate the ground breaking 
on their 300,001 s1 house. 
"Thirty- two years ago I never 
would have imagined this week 
we would have built 300,000 
homes," he said. 

Rainey challenges college 
students to see the ground 
breaking of the one-millionth 
house during their lifetime. 

He encourages anyone who 
wants to lend a hand to get 
involved with the organization. 

"Now is your opportunity to 
pick up the hammer and get 
involved," Rainey said. 

In addition to working as an 
active promoter of Habitat for 
Humanity, Rainey spends his 
time teaching Sunday school 
classes, preaching and speaking 
at fund raising events. Through 
his years of work with Habitat 

for Humanity, he is an honorary 
chief of the village of Assin 
Akropong in Ghana, West Africa; 
an honorary conch of the Florida 
Keys and an honorary citizen of 
several communities in the U.S. 

"The -stories he told about 
families and the programs he 
has worked with around the 
world inspired me to continue 
my work and to continue to get 
others involved," said Danielle 
Mohr, president of thj Habitat 
for Humanity Club and junior 
at CLU. 

Pastor Melissa Maxwell- 
Doherty, campus pastor at 
CLU, explained that she hopes 
Rainey's story will help students 
get motivated and ask themselves 
how they can get involved and be 
mindful of others who live in 
substandard conditions. 

"It is important for students 
to get involved in Habitat for 
Humanity so they become 
aware of greater issues in the 
community and the nation. 
Sometimes we are so focused on 
school and our own lives that we 
forget about how good we have 
it," Mohr said. 

CLU students who want to 
get involved hand-in-hand with 
the Habitat for Humanity Club 
on campus can visit http:// to find projects 
sponsored by the Ventura 
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November 8 

National French Week: 
Cheese Tasting Event 

5:30 p.m. Pederson Hall Lounge 

The Need: TJ Alvarado 

10:15 p.m. SUB 



November 9 

Disability Awareness Week 
Keynote Speaker: 
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10 a.m. Samuelson Chapel 

A Universe of Dreams - 
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8 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

Kingsmen Football vs. La Verne 

1 p.m. Mt. Clef Stadium 

Community Leaders 
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Farrell honored as young alumni 

Alumna works 
with death-row 
inmates in 

By Ashley Soukup 

Echo Staff Writer 

Christin Farrell, class of 
2000, is a special alumna. She 
graduated from California 
Lutheran University with a 
degree in Liberal Studies and 
in 2007, she earned her master's 
degree in Marriage and Family 
Therapy from George Fox 
University in Newberg, Ore. 

Farrell now works as a mental 
health specialist with the Oregon 
Department of Corrections at 
Oregon State Penitentiary and 
so far she has counseled more 
than 150 inmates, many who 
are on death row or in hospice 

She has found this to be an 

eye-opening experience. 

"I had a preconceived idea 
about the inmates," Farrell said. 

But after spending more time 
with the inmates she discovered 
that people are just people, not 
just the crimes they commit, 
she said. 

A few of the inmates gave 
Farrell pieces of art that they 
made while incarcerated. 

Some of the art that is made by 
inmates is put on display then 
auctioned off with the proceeds 
going to charity. 

After she graduated from CLU, 
she was the incoming executive 
director of Camp Lutherwood 
located in Cheshire, Ore. 

The camp is a year-round 
outdoor ministry that offers 
programs and facilities for the 
encouraging of the Body of 

Farrell also serves a volunteer 
firefighter with the Lane Rural 
fire and rescue. 

She has a private practice for 
counseling families and youth 

in churches and enjoys playing 
the cello. 

After graduating, Farrell 
moved back to Oregon where 
she became director of family 
life ministries at Christ the 
Good Shepherd Lutheran 
Church in Salem, Ore. in 2001. 

It was during this time that she 
joined the Oregon Synod Youth 
and Family Committee and is 
still a part of this committee. 

Farrell returned to CLU to 
receive the 2008 Outstanding 
Young Alumni award from 
the CLU Alumni Association 
Board of Directors at Opening 
Convocation on Sept. 2. 

"It was a complete surprise, 
a humbling and eye opening 
experience," she said. 

Farrell said that she misses 
CLU very much. She still keeps 
in touch with her friends and 
her roommates. 

"I learned that everyone has a 
story at Cal Lutheran," she said. 

She has some advice about life 
after graduation from CLU. 

"It is important to rely on 
the education and experience 
received at CLU," she said. 

Also, she added, try to keep 
in touch with friends and 

roommates, use what you 
learned at CLU long after you 

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Mixed reviews on new space 

By Megan Hindman 
Echo Staff Writer 

Fall leaves are not the only 
things changing this semester at 
• California Lutheran University. 
The Theater Department has 
grown tremendously, not only in 
its size, but also in its anticipation 
for the future. 

With the opening of the Gilbert 
Sports and Fitness Center, the 
old gym was left unoccupied, 
providing an opportunity 
of growth for the Theater 

After many strenuous hours 
last summer, the facility has 
. now begun its transformation 
into a new home for the theater 
arts. Gaining an estimated 9,000 
square feet, the department was 
given the opportunity to expand 
its learning environment. 

Temporary walls have been 
installed to break the area down 
into individual classrooms and 
offices. Rooms include a scene 
shop, costume shop, makeup 
room, separate dressing rooms, 
a large acting classroom, design 
studio, restrooms, green room 
and a large Blackbox Studio. 

"I feel we are much more 

consolidated as a department 

now," said Kelly Derouin, drama 

club president. "We are moving in 

__h,e right direction even though 

--il*$ not ideal." 

As wonderful as the new space 
is, it hasn't come without its room 
for improvement. 

"The gym is temporary and is 
designed as a temporary space. 
So, there are a lot of challenges," 
said Michael Arndt, professor of 

Students and faculty have 
been coping with the lack of 
air conditioning and the much 
needed sound control. Although 
the department has gained more 
classroom space, in actuality, 
only one class can be held at a 
time because of the poor sound 
"I have class in there two times a 

The recently renovated old gym is now the new home of the drama department and will house the upcoming play "Anatomy of Gray." 

Photo by Doug Barnett 

week and it's really hard to focus 
on what my teacher and other 
classmates have to say because of 
the loud construction noise and 
interruptions," said Megan Albe, 
senior design student. "People 
think that because there's no 
ceiling to our classroom that 
means they can just walk in 
whenever they want." 

The department, now included 
in the strategic plan for the first 
time, has high hopes for the 
future and the new building to 

"If the money becomes 
available, or if each student on 
campus wants to donate like 
50,000 dollars we will be set," 
Gardner said. "It's been a waiting 

Moving into a new building is 
not the only big thing happening 
with the theatre department this 

The department is focusing its 
attention towards the opening of 
their first main stage production 
of the year, "Anatomy of Gray." 

"We encourage everyone to 

come see "Anatomy of Gray" 
which opens Nov. 13, and will run 
for two weekends," Gardner said. 

The department is also very 
excited toward working more 
closely with the Kingsmen 
Shakespeare Co. The company is 
becoming a professional resident 
theater company at CLU. 

"This means that the company 
which has always been separate, 
now is a part of the university 
much in the same way as KCLU," 
Arndt said. "Hopefully it will 
allow for greater integrations 


between students and 

The department also plans to 
bring in more professionals to 
help strengthen the program. Last 
Monday, the department also 
welcomed Gary Sinise as a guest 
speaker in an acting class. 

"We are a small department but 
we are very active," Arndt said. 

These are just the beginning 
steps toward a much-anticipated 
future for the theater arts at CLU. 

"A lot of really exciting stuff is 
happening," Derouin said. 

Club puts on event to celebrate 
two important Indian holidays 

By Natasha Spiroff 
Echo Staff Writer 

As a student at California 
Lutheran University, there is the 
opportunity to join more than 60 
different dubs and organizations. 
New to that list, as of March 2008, 
is the Indian dub. 

According to the Indian club 
constitution, the purpose of the 
organization is to "organize socio- 
cultural activities for undergraduate 
and graduate students." 

The club also aims to help 
students get accustomed to CLU 
and American culture and to 

provide non-Indian students with 
a general understanding of their 

On Oct. 24, the Indian club hosted 
an event tided "Celebrating Diwali 
and Dandiya," a combination of 
two important Indian holidays. 

Diwali, otherwise known as the 
festival of lights, is celebrated to 
bring in the New Year according to 
the Hindu calendar. 

"It is the biggest festival in India 
and amongst Hindus," junior 
Vineet Samtani said. 

The festival of lights is celebrated 
because according to Hindu 
mythology, this is when Lord Ram 

returned from his forest exile after 
fourteen years. 

"We celebrate the festival in 
order to welcome his return," said 
Samtani. In India, this festival is 
celebrated over the course of three 
days. Pujas (prayers) are offered 
by Hindus to the deities both at 
home and in the office. Families 
also travel to each other's homes to 
exchange gifts and Indian sweets. 
At night, firecrackers are burned to 
honor the welcoming. 

The festival was different at 
CLU. People from CLU and 
surrounding communities were 
invited. Attendants were treated 

to traditional Indian dances, food 
and sweets. 

"An effort was made to share the 
culture rather than a traditional 
celebration of the festival," Samtani 

More than 50 people attended the 
celebration from various cultural 

"It is all about sharing each other's 
cultures and making people aware 
of Indian culture and tradition," 
said Manshi Kothari, Indian club 

CLU's Hip Hop dub made 
an appearance at the event and 
performed a dance to traditional 

Indian music. 

Many more events are planned 
for this year including a get- 
together at faculty advisor Dr. 
Randall Donohue's house, 
associate professor for the school of 
bus'ness; a trip to a temple in Santa 
Monica, a business workshop and a 
large HOLI event in March. 

The Indian dub is open to any 
interested student regardless of 
their cultural background. 

For more information 

on the Indian dub visit 

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Howie family legacy 

By Aaron Hilf 
Echo Staff Writer 

As an alumnus of California 
Lutheran University, Shawn 
Howie used the skills he learned 
at CLU to help himself create an 
impressive career and is now able 
to give back to the school and 
community that helped him get 
his start. 

"I am a dedicated Christian 
and Lutheran," Howie said, "and 
I like the vision and mission of 
Lutheran higher education." 

As a Summa cum laude and 
National Honor Society graduate 
of the class of 1978, Howie 
definitely left his mark at CLU. 

Shawn was a four year varsity 
member, captain and MVP of the 
Kingsmen tennis team, ASCLU 
treasurer and participated in many 
other programs around campus. 

After graduating with a bachelor's 
degree in management, Howie 
attended Harvard University 
where he received his MBA. 

Then he began his career as a 
Certified Public Accountant for 
Ernst & Young. 

Howie has held numerous 
positions over the years including 
vice president of finance and 
chief financial officer for several 

He and his wife plan to move 
back to Thousand Oaks in 2009 
as he serves as the vice president 
of finance for an Oxnard-based 

Perhaps his biggest contribution 
to CLU over the years has come 
as an outstanding donor and as a 
member of the Board of Regents. 

"I was on the 'Now is the Time' 

Photo courtesy of the Howie Family 
The children of Shawn Howie, from left Robert, Melody, Amanda and 
Mary Howie have all followed in their father's footsteps by attending CLU. 

campaign," Howie said, "(which) 
raise[d] the $93 million for North 

He was also the founding 
chairperson for the Audit 
Committee, and is on the 
Administration and Finance 
Committee, Academic Affairs 
and Student Life Committee and 
several others. 

With his help, they have also 
raised thousands of dollars of 
student scholarship money and 
have helped to fund the chapel and 

However, his most well-known 
claim to fame is his family's 
support and T involvement with 
CLU. He and his family are one 
of the true CLU legacy families 
with multiple generations coming 
through CLU. 

All four of his children: Robert, 
class of '04; Amanda, class of '06; 

Mary, class of '08, and Melody, a 
sophomore, all followed the family 
legacy and have attended CLU. 

Some of his children have even 
meet their spouse at CLU much 
like how Shawn met his wife, 
Susan, who graduated in the class 

"We told the kids that we would 
support their college choice 
wherever they decided to go," 
Howies said. 

"Since they decided to go to 
CLU, it has become a central part 
of who we are as a family. We are 
blessed by God and are eager to be 
a blessing to others." 

With his impressive career and 
continuing support of CLU, Shawn 
Howie and the entire Howie family 
are living proof of the impact that 
CLU has on its students, not only 
for the time they are on campus, 
but for years to come. 

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November 5, 2008 

Safety first on campus 

You know that prickle you feel 
on the back of your neck that 
tells you something is wrong or 
possible danger is near? 

I feel that numerous 
students here at 
California Lutheran 
University have been 
lulled into a false sense 
of security and we are 
not listening to this 
prickle or this intuition 
as acutely as we should 

As students we are 
told that the city of 
Thousand Oaks and 
the campus of CLU are 
safe places to be. 

Our parents were thrilled to 
find out that Thousand Oaks is 
rated one of the safest cities in 
the United States, but are these 
legitimate reasons to let our 
guard down? 

CLU Safety and Security 
does a decent job of providing 
students with the resources to 
be safe. 

Certified assistance is available 
to students 24/7. A campus 
security officer is on duty at all 



Late night escort service is 
provided and emergency call 
stations around campus. 

However, these 
resources do not 
aid students if they 
are not utilized. 

According to 

the 2007 crime 
statistics on the 
CLU campus in 
the residence halls, 
there was one 
forcible sex offense, 
one non- forcible 
sex offense, two 
aggravated assaults 
and five burglaries with forcible 

These are relatively low 
numbers in comparison to 
larger universities, but it only 
takes one incident to change 
your life. 

Imagine if you were the 
one victim of the forcible sex 
offense. The lasting effects of a 
crime of this nature should not 
be taken lightly. 

Twenty-nine registered sex 
offenders live in Thousand 

Oaks, according to the Megan's 
Law Web site. 

They live on streets as close as 
Hillcrest Drive and Los Robles 

Their offenses range from rape 

Twenty-nine regis- 
tered sex offenders 
live in Thousand Oaks, 
according to the Megan's 
Law Web site. 

with force and threat, attempted 
oral copulation when the victim 
is unconscious of the nature of 
the act and sexual battery. 

This knowledge should make 
you feel uneasy. 

It is important to not be lulled 
into a sense of complete safety 
on campus. 

If anyone with the intent of 
rape or sexual battery is looking 
for a young adult as a victim, 
where do you think the ideal 
place to look would be? 

Perhaps a college university, 
with a plethora of young 
women and men. 

While CLU remains one of the 

safest campuses in the nation, 
I would like to reiterate that 
it only take one incident to 
change your life. 

It is better to be over- 
defensive and alert than be in 
the unfortunate position of 
being a victim. 

The CLU department of Safety 
and Security offers a list of top 
10 tips for staying safe at CLU 
on their Web site. 

These tips include walking 
with groups and staying in well 
lighted areas of campus. 

These tips are common sense 
and I think the major issue is 
to just be aware that we are not 
immune to crimes like rape and 
sexual battery here at CLU. 

It is clear that we are not 
completely safe in Thousand 
Oaks or where ever you are for 
that matter. 

It is crucial to be aware of your 

The best advice comes back to 
the prickle in your neck. 

The No. 1 tip from Campus 
Security is to "trust your gut. If 
your instinct tells you to leave, 
leave immediately." 


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Student/teacher ratio 

Students give 
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Many schools are faced with 
the problem of overcrowded 

Fortunately for me and other 
California Lutheran University 
students, this is not a issue. 

The small ratio of students to 
teachers at CLU gives students 
the ability to connect 
with professors 

on a much more 
professional level. 

Attending Los 

Angeles' Pierce College 
for two years gave me 
the opportunity to 
observe both sides of 
the spectrum. 

In the time spent at 
Pierce, I had a average 
of 45 students in each class. 

It was very rare that the teacher 
would know me by name, even 
by the end of the semester. 

At CLU, I have an average of 20 
students per class. 

I'm now only halfway through 
the semester and all my teachers 
know me on a first-name basis. 

This is something that is very 
important when it comes to 
success in a classroom. 

While asking some other 


students on campus how this 
issue affects them, most said 
similar things. 

Senior Steven Omlar said that 
"the ratio is definitely something 
which is a plus for the students, 
but what people don't also see is 
that it is a plus for the teacher 
as well." 

He has only 14 students in one 
of his classes. 

Many aspects in this matter 

can help a teacher rather than 

just a student. 

A teacher with fewer students 

give more time to each 

student than when 

there is a stack of 

45 papers high on 

his or her desk. 

This, in turn, gives 
more feedback 
to a student, 
resulting in a better 

It was not until 

I got to CLU 

that I realized 

how important a 

relationship is with a teacher 

in determining your success in 

the class. 

Many people determine the 
issue of student/teacher ratio 
as a result of the funding in the 

The worse the funding the 
worse the student/teacher ratio 
will be. 

In a class-study conducted in 
1996 in Tennessee it was said 

Jordan Ott 

that "small classes lead to higher 
graduation rates: preliminary 
data from participating STAR 
school districts in Tennessee 
show that students in small 
classes were more likely to 
graduate on schedule, they were 
less likely to drop out of high 
school and they were more likely 
to graduate in the top 25 percent 
of their classes," according to Dr. 
Jayne Boyd-Zaharias, a STAR 
researcher since 1986. 
In addition, she found that 

At CLU I have an 
average of 20 stu- 
dents per class. ..and all 
my teachers know me on 
a first-name basis. 

small class-size students 
graduated with higher grade 
point averages (GPAs) than 
regular class-size students." 

This information is something 
that schools should pay more 
attention to. 

I found a significant difference 
in my ability to succeed in 
school when I transferred to 
CLU because of the ability to 
connect with my professor on a 
higher and more personal level. 

I suggest we all look at the 
relationships between a teacher 
and a student much more as we 
go forward in the quest to better 
educate students. 

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Separation between church and state? 

I know that this article will be 
published after election day and 
people will have already made up 
their minds about 
Proposition 8, but I feel 
that there were some 
extremely offensive 
and mis-educated 

statements made in the 
"Letter to the Editor" 
that need to be set 

First of all, I would 
like to know how 
homosexuals are 

"pushing their rights 
and agendas" on heterosexuals. 
Isn't it the other way around? 

Heterosexuals are not only 
pushing their agendas on 
homosexuals, but their religion 
as well. 

I don't think that a parade or a gay 
pride rally is "pushing an agenda" 
on anyone or forcing anyone to feel 
that they should be gay too. 

It's not like homosexuals are 
going around knocking on doors, 
handing out pamphlets trying 
to get the whole U.S. to join the 
Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, 
Transgender and Questioning 
Resources community. 

It is the heterosexuals who are 
door-knocking and pushing their 
"straight, Christian" agenda on 
everyone else. 

It was also stated that 
"heterosexuals are being 
pushed into the closet" 
and that anything they 
say is twisted into hate 

I don't think that is true 
at all. 

Sure, if you say 
something hateful, then 
yes, it will be defined 
as "hate speech." But 
if you are simply expressing your 
opinion about your "moral values" 
then I doubt what you say would be 
considered hate speech. 

Personally, I think this whole 
thing is a "hate action"- the act of 
preventing someone in achieving 
their pursuit of happiness, and I 
will argue and debate and stand up 
for equality for everyone until the 
day I die. 

And no, we do not "need 
stereotypes in order to have some 
basis for judgment" because we don't 
need or have to have judgment 

Why do we have to judge people all 
the time? Of course stereotypes will 

always exist, but let's not go a step 
further now by encouraging them! 

Sarah Koerting asked whether it 
was "fair to be pushed into another 
closet by believing someone else's 
beliefs" and the answer is no, it is 
absolutely not fair. 

That is why voting yes on this 
proposition is so wrong. People 
are being force fed the "morals" of 
Christianity and the bible and they 
are being forced to adhere to them 
whether they believe them or not 

If a gay couple gets married it will 
in no way affect you or anyone in 
your life. You won't even know it 

Your "Christian morals" are not 
being forgotten, they are just not 
being imposed on everyone. The 
founding fathers specifically put 
rules against a national religion into 
our constitution because they had 
seen the death and the mayhem 
that came with it 

And you are right, love isn't about 
a certificate or a ring, but when your 
loved one is in the hospital dying 
and you can't go in and sit by his 
or her side because you technically 
aren't married, then what does that 
say about love? 

It says that although love is a 

powerful thing, in the eyes of the 
law, it is not enough. A marriage 
certificate is needed to truly join 
people together as a family under 
the law. 

The California Supreme Court 
justices, who I might add are 
not crazy, deviant liberals, were 
all appointed by Republican 
governors, with the exception of 
Justice Moreno. 

And they didn't vote 
overwhelmingly for same sex 
marriage the vote was 4-3. 

Our court is known for being 
moderately conservative and 
Republican dominated. 

They voted to legalize same-sex 
marriage not to merely be difficult 
and go against the "people's will" 
but to acknowledge that "an 
individual's sexual orientation — 
like a person's race or gender — does 
not constitute a legitimate basis 
upon which to deny or withhold 
legal rights." 

Sixty years ago the California 
Supreme Court struck down a ban 
on interracial marriage and that 
went against the majority opinion 

I don't know about you, but I 
think that we are better off without 

all these hateful bans and I am 
thankful that California has seen 
the error of its ways. 

Last, I want to discuss the 
statement made about homosexuals 
having a "promiscuous lifestyle that 
is mostly hypersexual." 

This statement could not be 
further from the truth, and to 
imply in the same paragraph that 
homosexuals are responsible for 
AIDS is completely outrageous, I 
will never tolerate a statement like 

Tons of straight people have 
and spread AIDS too; should we 
"eliminate" their "promiscuous 
shameful behavior" as well? 

Why is it that when a straight 
couple has a one night stand it is all 
right, but if a gay couple does it, it 
is shameful? Isn't that what you are 

I know, why don't we just ban sex 
completely? That way we can ensure 
that AIDS will never spread. 

This is just a suggestion coming 
from a "radical, depraved left- 
winger," but before you tell me to 
"research in the eyes of both parties" 
maybe you should have written an 
article that had any research done 
at all. 

Letter to the Editor 

The following is a submission 
regarding last week's letter to 
the editor by Sarah Koerting. 


I couldn't disagree more with 
your letter to the editor from last 
week's Echo. 

The religious beliefs of some 
Americans should not affect the 
legal rights and protection of all 

Whether or not "marriage" 
originated as a religious 
practice, the act now has legal 
ramifications as well. 

In order to be recognized as 
legally married, a couple must 
receive a license provided by the 
state, not the church. 

Though this country's founders 
operated from a Judeo-Christian 
ethic, our nation's strength is 
the separation that theoretically 
exists between church and state. 

Even if our nation were to 
operate on one standard of "right 
living," whose standard would be 
considered right? 

Among Christians, values and 
interpretations of scripture vary 

Engraining a religious value in 
the state constitution complicates 
separation of church and state 
and compromises individual 
rights and liberties. 

Proponents of Proposition 
8 argue that same sex couples 
currently have equal protection 
and rights under the law. I don't 

I share an anniversary with 
a friend who is in a same sex 

While I received a license from 
the state affirming the validity of 
my union, she did not. 

While I changed my name 

by simply signing a waiver, her 
process to change hers has been 
much more laborious. 

While I can be certain that 
should something happen to me, 
my husband will have the right 
to determine the outcome for our 
family — my friend must take legal 
action to ensure the same rights. 

I was also very disturbed by your 
remarks regarding people living 
with AIDS. 

Nearly every disease has some 
factor of prevention associated 
with it. 

Unfortunately, AIDS can be 
sexually transmitted, but it is 
not always the result of sexual 

AIDS is a global epidemic 
that affects people of all sexual 
orientations, of all ages and of all 
ethnic backgrounds. 

No matter what you believe 
about why AIDS exists, it is 
wrong to abandon research 
on prevention, treatment and 
eventual eradication. 

I am disappointed in your 
oversimplification of this complex 

You allude to homosexuality as 
"shameful behavior." 

Leading into the election I've 
heard pre-teen picketers holding 
"Yes on Prop. 8" signs shouting 
"faggot" and "God didn't make 
you that way" at same sex couples 
passing by. 

I've seen students targeted by 
messages of hate in the name of 

As a fellow Christian, I have 
to ask: what is the real shameful 


Diana Cherry 

Coordinator for Residence Life 

Facebook: friend or foe? 


Thanks to the rise of social 
networking sites such as 
Facebook, having access to just 
about anyone is just 
a click away. 

It would be 
an absolute 

to say that social 
networking sites 

have changed 

the very way we 
communicate with 
one another. 

For some, Facebook 
acts as somewhat of 
an autobiography, or 
a narration of one's life. 

Facebook gives users the 
ability to customize their 

People can choose the aspects 
of their lives they want to 
publicize, and by doing so they 
create an image of themselves 
that may not entirely reflect 
who they truly are. 

I recently read an article 
for a class "Virtual Friendship 
and the New Narcissism" by 
Christine Rosen. 

In her article she compared 
self portraits of the past to the 
modern digital self portraits of 

Self portraits were used for 
centuries as a documentation as 
ones power and status in life. 

Today self portraits are digital, 
interactive and invite viewers to 
participate and respond to your 
life portrayed online rather 
than merely glancing at it. 

These self portraits or profiles 
can be tweaked, edited and 
manipulated to fit our view of 
who we think we are or how we 
want to be perceived. 

These profiles are superficial 

digital personas. 

They don't characterize the 
full being of the individuals 
behind the profile. 

The amount of 
privacy displayed on 
Facebook is another 
issue entirely. 

While Facebook 
allows an individual 
to block or hide any 
personal material, 
people still share 
everything from their 
class schedule to 
their religion to their 
Public displays of affection 
are captured on the Internet 
as lovey-dovey snapshots of 
each other are displayed on 
Facebook walls. 

On the flip side, hearts are 
broken in plain view when 
Facebook reports to all friends 
that your lab partner last year 
is "no longer listed as in a 

Further, digital relationships 
don't reflect real life 

On Facebook, the quality of 
friends comes second to the 

Facebook is great for keeping 
in touch, but not so great when 
developing new relationships. 

I can stay in my room all day 
long and add CLU students as 
'friends' but I still wouldn't be 
any closer to them. 

While the list of friends that 
belong to your network can 
grow to numbers reaching 
into the thousands, it doesn't 
boost the social aspect of real 
world networking nor does 
it supplement for 'real life' 

Don't get me wrong, I'm not 
trying to bash Facebook. 

Actually I think Facebook is 
pretty cool. 

Facebook allows me to keep in 
touch with some close friends; 
including ones from high 
school, relatives out of state 
and reconnect with friends that 
I didn't think I would ever speak 
to again. 

I can share pictures and 
memories and use it as endless 
source of procrastination to 
actually doing my work. 

It doesn't depict the full reality 
of the individuals behind the 

Just because something 
[on Facebook] can be 
made public does not 
mean that it necessarily 
should be. 


In a sense, profiles identify 
people more as a commodity 
than an actual physical, 
emotional, breathing 


Moreover, I believe people 
are too open with personal 
information on social 

networking sites like Facebook. 

Just because something can be 
made public does not mean that 
it necessarily should be. networks should 
not be used as a substitute for 
real life relationships. 

No comparison between 
physical relationship verses a 
digital one exists. 

Ultimately, I believe that 
the fewer items posted in 
cyberspace, the more control we 
will have over our real lives. 

California Lutheran University 

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^ The Echo . 


November 5, 2008 

Seniors celebrated in the rain 

By Krystle Van Deusen 

Echo Staff Writer 

Wrapping up the 2008 season, 
the California Lutheran University 
men's soccer team went out in style. 
Last Wednesday the Kingsmen went 
into double overtime with No. 1 
Redlands, and ended in a 3-3 tie. At 
home on Saturday, the men defeated 
Occidental College, 5-2. 

Cal Lutheran (9-9-1,7-6-1 SCIAC) 
ended its season in fifth place, just 
missing the SCIAC playoff spot by 
one place. 

As the conference leader the 
University of Redlands has not been 
beat by a SCIAC opponent this 
season. Trying to keep that streak 
alive, the Bulldogs took a quick 
1-0 lead on the Kingsmen when 
CLU scored a goal in the first seven 
minutes of regulation. Later in the 
half Redland's Ross Schunk tallied 
another goal from the top of the box, 
and the Kingsmen went into halftime 
trailing 2-0. 

In the second half the energy was 
quickly switched when CLU scored 
a goal in the 51 n minute. Matt 
Fernandez stroke a shot from well 
outside the box that found the back 
of the net 

At the 55* minute, senior Ryan 

McDermott gained his team- 
leading 10* score of the season. He 
capitalized on a well-placed pass 
from Steffen Isetorp, striking the ball 
perfectly into the bottom right of the 
goal and tying the game at 2. 

Redlands, feeding off Cal 
Lutheran's two quick goals, took 
the lead back in the 77* minute 
when Schunk scored again putting 
Redlands ahead 3-2. 

With the end of regulation nearing, 
McDermott found Victor Perez, 
who promptly placed the ball in the 
back, tying the match with only six 
minutes left. 

The game was sent into double 
overtime but neither team was able 
to score. The Kingsmen walked away 
with a well played tie to the first place 
team in SCIAC. 

"I was really happy with the way we 
performed after the loss to Caltech," 
senior Kai Werring said "Our team 
really came together with a lot of 
intensity against Redlands." 

The Kingsmen finished their 
season with a 5-2 victory over 
Occidental College on Senior Day. 

McDermott put Cal Lutheran on 
the board in the fourth minute of the 
match. This goal put fans on the edge 
of their seats, as the ball traveled back 
and forth across the goaL With help 

in the form of a cross from teammate, 
Jorge Martinez, McDermott directed 
the ball in the back of the net 

In the 25* minute, McDermott took 
a shot that deflected off Occidental's 
goalkeeper. Nick Martinez capitalized 
on the rebound and tallied his first 
goal of the season. 

With only seconds remaining in the 
first half, a senior duo left the Tiger's 
goalkeeper with no chance of making 
a save. Senior Josh Moskowitz passed 
the ball to Werring who blasted a shot 
well outside the 18 yard line, and put 
the Kingsmen up by 3 at halftime. 

Occidental worked to make a 
comeback when Fran Taylor scored 
its first goal in the 50* minute of the 
second half. Twelve minutes later 
Deryck Lim put away a close range 
shot, minimizing the Kingsmen lead 

Feeling the game grow tighter the 
Kingsmen knew they had to put the 
game out of reach. Only 32 seconds 
after the Lim goal, Ryan Dosh booted 
a long range shot passed the Tigers' 

Cal Lutheran still didn't think that 
was enough. Moskowitz ended his 
four year soccer career with the final 
goal of the match. With what looked 
like a far post cross, the ball tipped off 
Occidental's goalkeeper's hands and 

Photo by Rachel Wolf 
Sophomore Nick Martinez, 8, hurdles an Occidental player. 

slowly rolled into the side of the net 
giving the Kingsmen a 4-2 lead. 

"For my final year at Cal Lutheran," 
Moskowitz said, "I'm really happy 
for how we ended in these last two 

The CLU graduating players are 
Hiroki Sera, Kyle Smithe, Werring and 
Moskowitz. They were recognized in 

what was their final game at Cal 
Lutheran. These four men had a total 
of 40 goals and 26 assists during their 
time as a Kingsmen. 

"We went through tough times, we 
proved that we could do it and we 
ended the season great," Smithe said. 
"This will help next years' team begin 
with a positive outlook." 

Excuse me, I'm trying to cheer 

By Matt Kufeld 
Features Editor 

For the past couple of weeks I 
have contemplated writing about 
the atmosphere of athletic events 
at California Lutheran University. 

This weekend the issue came to a 
head when the group of students 
I was with were asked to sit down 
while we were cheering for our 
team during the Occidental 
football game. 

For those who don't know, last 
weekend's game against Oxy 
was the biggest football game on 
campus this season. 

Our football team was 
playing to keep their Southern 
California Intercollegiate Athletic 
Conference championship hopes 
alive, a berth to post-season play 
and for a national ranking as 
Oxy entered ranked 20 in NCAA 
Division III. And I was asked to 
sit down? 

I know that athletically CLU 
cannot be compared to any of 
the NCAA Division I schools, 
but that doesn't mean, I, or any 
other students who are passionate 
about college sports, our college 
and who care enough to brave the 
weather and stand in support of 
our team, should be asked to sit. 

Standing is our way of expressing 
our support for the university we 
attend, for the hundred or so 
football players who dedicate 

countless hours and to try and 
bring the big-game atmosphere 
that we see every Saturday around 
the nation to our campus. 

And while we are not a Division 
I school, we still have teams that 
are competitive on a national 
stage. May I remind you that 
Regals volleyball is ranked 16* 
in the nation, football beat itself 
on Saturday and lost by three 
points to national ranked Oxy 
and men's water polo ranked 
fifth in Division III has played 
competitively against ranked 
Division I opponents, so there 
is no shortage of athletes on this 

I am not angry by any means. I 
am just frustrated; I have a feeling 
that the woman who asked us to 
sit had no idea what that game 
meant to the football team and 
that she was inconvenienced 
because she couldn't see the 

This is a legitimate argument, 
but at the same time there were 
plenty of seats that were available 
for her to sit in. And to be fair, 
my group of friends could have 
moved, but we were in our seats 
before she was in her seat. I also 
feel that students should be able 
to sit in the center section of 
bleachers next to the pep band. 

I know that the Purple Pit has 
been working with the athletics 
department to establish a student 

section for home games in the 
Gilbert Arena, and they have been 
successful. The Purple Pit is also 
working to create a student section 
at Mt. Clef Stadium as well, but as 
far as I know, nothing has come 
of it. 

The athletics department did a 
great thing when it established 
the student section in Gilbert, the 
first in school history, but it is also 
time to create a student section at 
home football games. 

It is not enough just to create 

the sections, students have to 
know about them and where 
they are. And furthermore, if 
students know what our teams 
are playing for, there might be an 
added incentive to come out to 
the games. 











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Regals soccer tames 

By Jeff Chaney 
Echo Staff Writer 

The California Lutheran 
women's soccer team closed their 
regular season this past week with 
a loss to University of Redlands 
and a victory on the road against 
the Occidental Tigers. 

On Wednesday, the Regals were 
hungry to avenge their earlier 
0-3 loss to Redlands, but despite 
holding the Bulldogs to one goal, 
the Regals could not score before 
the final whistle. 

There is a chance that the Regals 
and the Bulldogs will see each 
other once more in the SCIAC 
tournament at the University of 
Redlands this Saturday. 

Six Regals were recognized as 
part of the annual Senior Night 
including Sarah Rickert, Michelle 
Hedgcock, Marisa Zambetti, 
Lauren Hess, Jen LaMoure and 
Lauren McGuigan. All six of 
these players were part of the 
2007 squad that won the SCIAC 


tournament and qualified for the 
NCAA playoffs. 

This past Saturday, the Regals 
headed to Occidental University 
to take on the Tigers in another 
exciting match, which happened 
to also be the final regular season 

The Regals were able to obtain 
the only goal in the shutout 
contest and seal a record of 7-4-1 
at home and 3-4-2 on the road. 

The Regals are now seeded 
second in the conference going 
into the SCIAC tournament 
and will see the third seeded 
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 
their field in the first round 
today. Cal Lutheran split the 
season series 1-1 with CMS. 

In the 68 ,h minute, Hess scored 
her second game-winning goal 
of the year. 

Regals goalkeeper, Kristin 
Borzi, who has 47 saves on the 
year so far, protected the box and 
earned her third solo shutout of 
the season. 

"It feels great to end the season 
with a win, it's our best finish in 
about seven or eight years and we 
are very proud and excited about 
it," Zambetti said. 

There were only four shots 
attempted by the Regals, and their 
defense was constantly sweating. 
They kept their composure and 
got the score they needed and 
held the shutout. 

"Offensively we didn't have 
too many opportunities but 
it was great that with the few 
we received we were able to 
put one away," Zambetti said. 
"Defensively we were on our 
heels for the majority of the game 
but we were able to withstand the i 
pressure and come away with the 

The Regals will be utilizing these 
last few days of practice before 
the conference tournament to 
tie up any loose ends with the 
offense and defense. 

"This week in practice I think 
we are going to be working on 

Photo by Rachel Wolf 
Senior Lauren McGuigan clears the ball away from Redlands. 

our set pieces, like corner kicks 
and free kicks and our movement 
off the ball," Zambetti said. 

These ladies have a good 
chance at upsetting University 
of Redlands and taking the 
tournament. They are going to 

have to turn up the heat on the 
Bulldogs since they lost to them 
0-3, and then 0-1 earlier this 
season. There are definitely six 
California Lutheran University 
seniors hungry for a big SCIAC 
tournament victory. 

Kingsmen sink the Beavers 

By Nicole Jacobsen 

Echo Staff Writer 

It was a memorable Senior 
Day for the California 

Lutheran University men's 
water polo team Saturday. 

The Kingsmen defeated 
the Caltech Beavers in a 19- 
3 victory in the last home 

game of the regular season. 
Just two days before the 
Caltech game, junior Matt 
Heagy scored three goals at 
La Verne, earning him the 

Mass of the Children 

John Rutter 

Susan Frye, Soprano 

Steve Johnson, Baritone 

Royal Oaks Chamber Orchestra 

Zwei Gesan-ge 

Johannes Brahms 
Joe Ehlinger, Baritone 
Giovana Moraga, Cello 
Soon Seop Kim, Piano 

Oaks Chamber Singers 

Annette Murphy, Director 

Los Robles Children's Choir 

Donna Young, Artistic Director 

Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 pm 

Samuelson Chapel 
California Lutheran University 

Tickets $20 
Students, Children, and Seniors $18 

For advance tickets & information 

call 805-499-1913 or visit 

all-time goals record at Cal 

Following the game against 
Caltech, he has now scored 
198 goals in his career. 

Next, the Kingsmen will 
face Claremont-Mudd- 

Scripps today in one of 
their final regular season 

The Kingsmen defeated 
CMS earlier in the season 

The Kingsmen took over 
the game early on and were 
ahead 9-0 within the first 
15 minutes. 

Heagy and sophomore Wes 
Lewis each scored two goals 
in the first quarter to put 
the team on top. 

In the both the third 
and fourth quarters Cal 
Lutheran scored five goals. 

Jeff Chaney, Alex Donner, 
Scott Beatty, Carter 

Martinusen and Quinn 
Smith all put away a goal 
in the third while Jordan 
Meaney, Cameron Shannon, 
Brandon Gross, Gannon 
Smith and Jake Wakely 
each scored in the final five 
minutes in the fourth. 

"We were expected to win 
by a lot," Heagy said. 

"It was good to give 
everyone a chance to score. 
Everyone is stepping up 
and the team seems to be 
gelling in the water." 

Even with the expected 
win, the Cal Lutheran 
Kingsmen know they can't 
ignore anybody. 

"SCIAC is a very 
challenging league," captain 
Jordan Bouey said. 

"We can't overlook 
anyone. Even though we 
won by a large margin, the 
toughest thing is getting 

everyone on the same page 
and working together like a 
well-oiled machine." 

With two games left in 
their regular season, the 
Kingsmen are hoping to 
finish the regular season 
with a pair of wins and 
enter the conference 

tournament with a high 

"We have two tough games 
this week," Heagy said. "We 
need to prepare like we have 
been all season: working 
hard in practice. Our next 
game is -on the road so we 
have to come out fired up 
because Claremont is a 
good team but we can beat 
them if we play well and 
run what coach is asking us 
to run." 

Having two weeks of 
practices and games before 
the conference tournament, 
the Kingsmen know what 
they need to focus on in 
order to become the new 
SCIAC champions. 

"The rest of the games 
in the regular season are 
important," Bouey said. 

"We need to go into the 
SCIAC tournament with a 
good ranking so that we 
can play some easier teams 
in the first two rounds." 

The men believe that their 
hard work will pay off and 
are ready to see the results. 

"We're excited for these 
last couple games," Lewis 

"Coach Rond is pushing 
us and encouraging us to 
be the best we can be," he 

"We have to stay focused 
on our next game but look 
ahead and prepare for the 
conference tournament." 

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California Lutheran University - November 5, 2008 

Sophomore pair brings heat 

Cal Lutheran 
wins a nail biter 
in home finale 

By Jackson Damron 
Echo Staff Writer 

On a night for the__seniors 
it was two sophomores who 
stepped up to bring ho me the 
victory for the Regals. 

Outside hitter Megan Thorpe 
provided a match high 15 kills 
to go along with 10 digs as the 
California Lutheran University 
volleyball team defeated the 
Colleges in five games last 

Sophomore middle blocker 
Allison Kerr picked up four 
blocks while hitting at a match 
high .310 clip. Kerr was also 
named female SCIAC Athlete 
of the Week. 

Cal Lutheran (21-6, 9-2 
SCIAC) has three road games 
to close out the regular season 
schedule. It will start^with a 
match at Pomona- Pitzer on 
Nov. 1, scheduled for a 6 p.m. 
start. ~-^^_ 

CLU overcame multiple 
deficits on senior night and 
had five players rack_ up 
double-digit kills. 

It was a see-saw battle in the 

Photo by Erik Hagen 

Sophomore Erin Exline, 4, hit 12 kills against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. 

first set with CLU prevailing great dig and on the ensuing 
27-25. Knotted up at 25, the play Kerr sealed the deal with 
Regal defense came up with a one of her 12 kills. 

Claremont came out strong 
in game two jumping out to 
an early lead, 15-7. The Regals 
scratched and clawed their 
way back in coming within 
two points at 22-24 before 
dropping the game 22-25. 

An intermission dance party 
seemed to energize the Regals 
as they came out for game 
three. CLU jumped on the 
Athenas 13-3 and never looked 
back as they took the game in 
dominating fashion, 25-14. 

Claremont led for all of game 
four as CLU couldn't get over 
the hump. Coming within 
three points several times, 
game four went to the Athenas 
25-22. In game five there was 
no denying the Regals. After 
the two teams traded points to 
tie them at 4-4, the Regals went 
on a 11-5 run to close out the 

"This is the first time we 
have beaten CMS in the second 
round of SCIAC," said Thorpe. 
"We're in second in SCIAC 
right now and we've beaten 
some ranked teams so our 
playoff chances look good if 
we win out in conference." 

The game was the last at 
home for the CLU seniors and 
they made it one to remember. 
Senior Lindsey Benson set 
season-high marks with 52 
assists and 13 digs. She added 

three aces, including two in a 
row in the fifth and decisive 

"It was pretty emotional for 
me," said Benson. "I've been 
playing volleyball for 13 years 
and this is the last time I will 
be part of a team." 

Fellow senior Summer 
Plante-Newman added 13 
kills to her career list, 16 digs 
and two aces. Senior Elicia 
Hildreth tallied a team-high 18 
digs along with two assists. 

"I was very nervous," said 
head coach Kellee Roesel. 
"This was the first time we've 
gone five games all year. I told 
the girls we needed to stay 
loose, but focused. When we 
tense up is when we start to 
break down." 

Claremont freshman Sarah 
Marietta led the team with 
12 kills. Sophomore Jessica 
Waggoner and senior Greer 
Donley notched 24 and 21 kills 

Before the match the Regals 
took time to honor Benson, 
Plante-Newman, Hildreth, 

Elizabeth Orona and Kelsey 
Hart, their five seniors in the 
final home game this season. 
Framed jerseys were presented 
to Benson and Plante- 
Newman, who have been with 
Coach Roesel since she started 
at CLU. 

Playoff hopes slip away in the rain 

Pair of safeties 
pushes Tigers 
over CLU 

By Nicole Flanary 

Echo Staff Writer 

The Kingsmen football team 
hosted the 18 th ranked Occidental 
Tigers on Saturday for one of the 
most highly anticipated SCIAC 
bouts of the season. 

Occidental and Cal Lutheran 
came into the game undefeated in 
SCIAC play. 

CLU plays their last home game 
this weekend versus La Verne on 
Saturday at 1 p.m. 

With only a few minutes left in 
the game, and Occidental up 24- 
21, the rain came pouring down 
and the intensity sky-rocketed. 

Jackson Damron was set-up 
at the 30-yard line, thanks to a 
last minute 60-yard drive, for 
his 16 lh field goal attempt of the 
season. The ball looked as if it 
were headed right through the 
uprights, but was ruled wide to 
the left. 

With the missed field goal, the 
Tigers defeated the Kingsmen 

Despite the loss, the Kingsmen 
are anything but defeated. 
Although clearly dissatisfied 
with the outcome, the players are 
taking what they can from the 

game and moving forward with 

"Just because we lost to Oxy 
doesn't means it's over," junior 
Sawyer Merrill said, "Oxy is a 
great team but so are we." 

Merrill, eight tackles, one 
sack, one TD, was part of 
CLU's defensive core Saturday 
that forced an impressive five 

Coming into the game, 
Occidental's Justin Goltz had 
thrown 10 touchdowns and zero 
interceptions, but Victor Edwards 
managed to pick Goltz off three 
times on Saturday. 

Edwards' first interception came 
after Kingsmen quarterback 
Jericho Toilolo was sacked and 
then fumbled the ball on the 33 
yard line. 

Oxy recovered the ball only to 
have their quarterback Goltz give 
up his first interception of the 
season to Edwards. 

CLU was unable to capitalize 
on the interception, and were 
forced to punt the ball back to 
the Tigers. 

Incredibly, Edwards grabbed his 
second interception of the game 
to put the CLU offense back on 
the field. 

CLU again was unable to 
convert, but thanks to another 
great defensive effort, the 
Kingsmen were able to get the ball 
back and put some points on the 

Photo by Rachel Wolf 
The CLU defense forced five turnovers and two sacks in a loss against the high-powered Occidental offense. 

Toilolo found Danny Hernandez 
early in the second quarter to put 
up CLU's first points of the game. 
The 65-yard completion was the 
longest offensive play for the 
Kingsmen on the season. 

Cal Lutheran's defense had 
another big play when Sawyer 
Merrill scooped up the ball after 
Goltzs' fumble. 

The second half opened with a 
field goal for the Tigers followed 
by yet another interception by 

Edwards, his third and final of 
the game. 

On CLU's next possession 
quarterback Toilolo fumbled a 
snap surrendering a safety, tying 
the score at 21-21. 

The Tigers drove down the 
field on the ensuing drive relying 
heavily on their running game, 
headed by Jason Haller, who 
ended the game with 153 rushing 
yards and two touchdowns. 

The Tigers' kicker completed a 

field goal, making the score 24- 
21 with just over two minutes 
remaining in the fourth quarter. 

Ian Freeman had a sack and 1 1 
tackles in the loss. 

Roland Jenkins and Eric Lopes 
each contributed 10 tackles in 
the loss. 

"In the upcoming weeks we 
need to stay focused, work hard 
and win out. If we play as hard as 
we have been and stay confident, 
we can win out," Merrill said. 

The Echo 

California Lutheran University 

Volume 52, Number 9 

November 12,2008 

By Scott Beebe 

News Editor 


People with disabilities 
countless struggles that non- 
disabled people take for granted 
every day. 

Last week the California 
Lutheran University campus held 
a week of events honoring those 
that live with a disability. 

The Echo staff chose to take 
part in the Disability Awareness 
Week by testing the wheelchair 
accessibility that handicapped 
students face around campus. 

Photographer Doug Barnett 
and I ventured to Health Services 
to ask to borrow a wheelchair 
to test the accessibility around 
campus. Health Services had the 
same oudook as we did that the 
campus was not very accessible 
for the disabled. 

We began our journey by 
rolling out of the health services 
building which was a tremendous 
task in itself. I didn't think the 
task was going to be this hard 
but wheelchairs are very hard to 

It took a good 15 minutes before 
we grasped how to control the 
wheelchair, by going forward 
and trying to turn. We decided 

to go through five buildings to 
test their wheelchair accessibility: 
Spies-Bornemann Center for 
Education and Technology, 
Soiland Humanities Center, the 
Student Union Building (SUB), 
Nygreen Hall and the Pearson 

The Ed-Tech building was the 
hardest building to enter because 
there was only one handicap 
entrance, by the tennis courts. 

I entered the building from the 
humanities entrance where there 
was no handicap button to open 
the heavy door. 

Throughout our trip we realized 
that the campus has steep inclines 
that made it tough to operate a 
wheelchair. I had to take a break 
every 20 feet because of the strain 
on my arms. 

The experience that had the 
biggest impact on me was 
whenever I rolled by students 1 
didn't know; they ^^^^-— 
would look down 
and not look directly 
at me like I was not 
even there. 

This does happen in 
our society, we look 
down on those that are disabled 
because they are different from 
us. They are humans just like us; 

For more 

Disability Awareness 

coverage see: 


they breath the same air and we 
shouldn't pretend they are not 

We should offer help if it is 
needed. Luckily there were 
students who helped me open 
doors when I struggled in both 
the SUB and the Humanities 

Visiting the library was one 
of the toughest tasks of the day, 
because of the steep hill that is on 
the way. 

It's very accessible on the 
outside with handicap buttons 
to press to open doors, but when 
we decided to take out a book; it 
proved to be a difficult task. 

From sitting in the chair, I was 
only able to reach as far as my 
arms could stretch. To reach any 
higher I would have had to ask 
for help. 

It was a great experience and I 
learned a lot about what it's like to 
^^^^^^ be in a wheelchair. I 
now have greater 
respect for those 
who are disabled. 

Experiencing life 

through they eyes of 

the disabled made 

me realize how lucky I am and 

how I take my ability to walk and 

see for granted. 

ay Doug Barnett 
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Speakers triumph over adversity 

By Amanda Lovett 
Echo Staff Writer 

In honor of Disability 
Awareness Week at California 
Lutheran University, the chapel 
service last week enlightened 
the congregation with stories 
of how disabilities have made a 
difference in the lives of many. 

The event was sponsored by 
the Cal Lutheran's Accessibility 
Resources Center and 

coordinated by Wendy Perkins. 

Pastor Melissa Maxwell- 
Doherty said CLU started 
looking into Disability Awareness 
programs a few years ago and 
she began thinking about how to 
support the cause in the Chapel, 
by bringing in speakers to focus 
on the topic. 

"It's more than what meets 
the eye," Maxwell-Doherty said. 
"There are hidden disabilities, 
cognitive and emotional, that 
most people do not recognize." 

Personal experiences were 
shared with the congregation 
by Kayla Legare, Keith Persico, a 
Gospel reading by Wendy Perkins 
and a sermon by Pastor John 
Soyster of Mt. Cross Lutheran 
Church in Camarillo. 

Legare read a poem about the 
experience of being blind in a 
world full of questions of how 

blindness feels and whether she 
knows what it is like to be able 
to see. 

The poem also spoke about 
her questioning God's reason for 
making her blind, and concluded 
that someday it will be the Lord's 
face that she finally sees. 

"I wrote [the poem]. Writing 
is my passion," Legare said. "I 
intend on writing a book, but I 
need more poems first." 

Persico also shared his 
enlightening story of his genetic 
disorder with the congregation, 
explaining that over time, 
especially in college, he began 
to realize that he was not so 
different and that could lead a 
normal life and be happy. 

Soyster's sermon focused on 
the concept of the wall of feat 
that surrounds people who are 
not willing to accept others with 
disabilities and disconnects them 
from the learning experiences 
that come with getting to know 
someone with a disability. 

His story focused on a deaf man 
named Rodney from a camp that" 
he attended about 30 years ago. 

At first he was afraid to meet 
and associate with Rodney 
because he was so different; 
however, as time went on, he got 
to know him and they became 
close friends. This friendship 

allowed Soyster to experience the 
joys of friendship based on the 
soul, without any judgment. 

"He was the catalyst for the 
wall of fear to be brought down," 
Soyster said. 

The main focus in his speech 
was the concept of Epitha, a 
word that means to "be open" to 
life's great wonders and to learn 
from the experience. 

Soyster explained that Rodney 
inspired him to become an active 
leader in helping the disabled in 
our community, especially the 

His friendship with Rodney 
grew beyond the time they 
spent together at the camp, as 
he continued to keep in contact 
with his new friend many years 

"I was reacquainted with 
[Rodney] some years back. I 
have a photo of us in a fishing 
boat. We didn't catch anything 
the whole day but that didn't 
matter," Soyster said. 

He said that this experience 
guided him down the road of 
ministry and leadership in the 
Disability Awareness programs. 

Disability Awareness Week is 
dedicated to sharing relationships 
with, caring and respecting those 
who have disabilities, so we can 
educate ourselves in the process. 

Multi-Media Department 
presents 3rd annual CLU 24 

By Kelsey Bonesteel 
Echo Staff Writer 

Most students have noticed the 
walls in the Soiland Humanities 
Building covered with pictures, 
banners and collages. 

Everything on those walls is 
the work of CLU's multimedia 

This is part of a junior level 
multimedia class project CLU 24. 

It is a compilation of pictures and 
video representing 24 hours of the 
CLU campus, the Thousand Oaks 
areas and Los Angeles County. 

Dan Restuccio, multimedia 
instructor, oversees the project. 
This is the third year CLU 24 has 
made an appearance on campus. 

"[The project] hasn't quite 
been cemented as to what exactly 
you do for the 'tradition' of 24," 
said Matt Johnson, multimedia 
student. "It has evolved a lot over 
the three years, and probably will 
every year." 

Along with the masses of pictures 
covering the walls there are two 
other sections to the project. 
Located on the back entrance of 
Humanities there are six computer 
screens continuously playing 
footage from the 24 hours in the 
various locations. 

These were video segments taken 

by the students and pictures. 

Also there was also a book made 
compiling all of the photographs 
taken in chronological order. 

Every multimedia student 
involved in the project received 
one along with Dr. Chris Kimball 
university president, Jacqui Irwin, 
mayor of Thousand Oaks and 
Antonio R. Villaraigosa the Mayor 
of Los Angeles County. 

This project has been stretched 
over a year, but all the pictures 
were taken during October 2007. 

"You learn a lot about dedication 
from colleagues or classmates and 
how much a few helping hands 
can do. It's also a great practice in 
the path of turning an idea into 
something real," Johnson said. 

Sean Pelton, senior multimedia 
student, was involved in putting 
together the gallery along with 

"I was excited about the project 
when I was a sophomore. There 
were so many things I wanted to 
change and make better," Pelton 

The project is subject to change 
every year. This has become part 
of CLU and now part of the 
community as well. 

"When it was all done and over, I 
could see the reward of all the hard 
work," Johnson said. 

Speaker embraces limitations 

Mallette discuss- 
es losing hearing 
as a child. 

By Dana Blackburn 

Echo Staff Writer 

Linnaea Mallette, Disability 
Awareness Week's keynote 
speaker, discussed the trials, 
tribulations and triumphs she 
has experienced as a deaf person 
in Samuelson Chapel on Friday. 

Mallette lost two-thirds of 
her hearing at age 4, due to an 
extremely high fever and she 
remembers the day she realized 
she could no longer hear 
everyday noises. 

However, she has not allowed 
her hearing loss to keep her 
from accomplishing great 
things. In 2002, she received the 
Oticon Focus on People Award, 
which is given to 12 individuals 
nationwide, who defy stereotypes 
of what it means to have hearing 

Additionally, Mallette served 
as District Governor for 
Toastmasters in 2003-2004, 
began a club for recovering 
alcoholics and drug addicts at 
the Canoga Park Salvation Army 

Adult Rehabilitation Center, 
started a club for the Mary 
Magdalene Project in Los Angeles 
and received the Staff Assembly 
Scholarship Award at UCLA for 
her e-learning endeavors. 

Her profound hearing loss 
inhibits her from hearing high 
frequency sounds such as birds 
chirping and the sounds made by 
the letters s, ch and t. 

"It is a minority that anyone 
can join at anytime, but never 
voluntarily," Mallette said. 

She explained that when she 
was in school she tried to pretend 
she had no hearing loss, so that 
people wouldn't know she was 
different from them. 

"As with many minority groups, 
people aren't aware of the issues 
or struggles that people in these 
minorities face and how they 
have to overcome them," said 
Wendy Perkins, accessibility 
resources coordinator at CLU. 

Mallette humorously recalled a 
skydiving experience: as she was 
plummeting toward the earth she 
couldn't hear the instructor tell 
her to pull the cord, but refused 
to turn her head and ask because 
she didn't want him to know she 
couldn't hear. 

After years of covering up 
her disability, she made the 

monumental decision to 
embrace her limitations and 
let the world see her as hearing 
impaired person. It became her 
goal to blow people away with 
what she could do. 

"My hearing impediment and 
speech makes me unique and 
that's great," Mallette said. 

She joked about the way that 
her hearing loss has worked to 
her advantage. Mallette explained 
that when she is on a plane with 
a crying baby, she just turns her 
hearing aid off and enjoys a 
relaxing flight while passengers 
with normal hearing must 
endure the frustrating noise. 

"Some students may not have 
any interactions or encounters 
with a person with disabilities, so 
the main purpose of Disability 
Awareness Week is to bring the 
awareness to them that there are 
different challenges that students 
face," said Angela Naginey, 
director of retention at CLU. 

Mallette used an analogy with 
her listeners: one out of every 
five apples is green, but people 
don't think of the green apple 
as bad. This concept mirrors 
American society. 

"No matter what the wrapping, 
inside is a precious human 
being," she said. "The only way 

Photo by Doug Barnett 
Linnaea Mallette shares her story of overcoming hearing loss. 

that I can receive that gift is 
unconditional acceptance." 

Through her inspiring story, 
Mallette encourages everyone to 

accept people with disabilities 
and not be afraid to get up close 
and personal with them. 

November 12, 2008 


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Students get glimpse of future 

By Gigi Arjomand 
Echo Staff Writer 

Although grad school means 
another couple of years of 
classes, books and papers, this 
year's Graduate School Fair at 
California Lutheran University 
offered sunny beaches and 
jungle monkeys along with 
classes, books and papers. 

Students got an opportunity 
last week to meet and 
speak with representatives 
from various colleges and 
universities at the fair held in 
the Lundring Events Center. 
The event was sponsored 
and organized by the Career 

In addition to the traditional 
popular California universities 
represented, were universities 
specializing in theological, 
veterinarian and other unique 
fields of study. 

"Education is the best form 
of permanent gratification, 
I know it's a total cliche but 
education is power, Amber 
Cox said. "I mean we could 
all be doing other things than 
going to school but we are 
gaining knowledge that can 
never be taken away from us, 
regardless of what the world 
will look like." 

The school representatives at 

Photo by Desiree D'Arienzo 
A student visits the California Lutheran University booth to receive graduate school information. 

the Fair shared Cox's opinion 
and views on education. 
They were excited to be at 
Cal Lutheran and spoke well 
of the students they had met. 
"I really like to talk to 
people," said Tasia Eraseren 
from the Chicago School of 
Professional Psychology. " I 
am really excited about our 
school so it's great to be here 
and get to inform others of 

what we can offer them.' 

"Education is the best 
form of permanent 

— Amber Cox 

Although the fair was 
scheduled on the same day 

as the presidential election, it 
didn't seem to interfere with 
people's voting. 

The event started at 10 a.m. 
and was over by 2 p.m. This 
left plenty of time to make it 
to the polling places. 

"I cast my vote right before I 
came here," said Brooke Hall, a 
sophomore. "The election is a 
big deal but so is grad school, 
so I'm glad they worked it out 

time wise." 

The diversity in the schools 
attending ranged widely. 
Most of the big and popular 
universities in California were 
there but also many out-of- 
state colleges and universities. 

One of the delegates, the Rev. 
Sherry Sparks from Pittsburgh 
Theological Seminary, had 
flown in from the East Coast 
just for the day of the event. 

"The delegate at the table 
right next to me is also from 
Pittsburgh so we are having 
a great time talking to each 
other when not talking with 
students," Sparks said. 

Ashley Oddo, a CLU student, 
was excited to find the 
Fashion Institute of Design 
and Merchandising at the 
Grad School Fair. 

"I already knew I was going 
to FIDM," she said. "It's still 
really nice to get to meet them 
here, especially for those who 
don't really know where they 
are going after Cal Lu." 

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The annual Community Leaders 
Association auction attracted hundreds 
of guests, including donors, sponsors, 
alumni and current students. 

Altogether, the auction raised close 
to $64,000 with numbers still being 
calculated from the dinner ticket sales 
as well as the from both the silent and 
oral auctions. 

This year, the Violet and Gold Gala 
was held in the Gilbert Sports and 
Fitness Center. 

"You walked in there and everything 
was so elegant," said Sharon Nelson, 
administrative assistant to marketing 
and communications and a member 
of this year's auction team. 

"The place was transformed It 
didn't look like a sports arena; it was 

With the 50* anniversary of 
California Lutheran University 
coming up next year, this auction was 
designed to showcase the history of 
the sch( v ' and its relationship with the 
surroui: .oj ig community. 

Upon arrival, guests were treated 
to valet joking, music by student 
musicians - nd wine from local, 
sponsors, including Trader Joe's. 

The night consisted of a silent 
auction where guests could bid on 
everything from trips to Mexico, 
tickets to various Las Angeles sports 
team games, restaurant gift certificates 
and framed artwork and many other 

The silent auction ended up earning 

about $20,000. 

Dinner, catered by Sodexho, began at 
the conclusion of the silent auction. 

Guests were able to enjoy 
entertainment from the Kingsmen 
and Regal quartets as well as other 
musical theater students while they 

"This year's dinner was fabulous," 
said Suzanne Freeman, a member 
of the auction team. "It was the best 
food I've ever seen come out of that 

After the dessert was brought out, the 
oral auction began. 

There were 12 items, including an 
original painting of Kingsmen Creek 
by CLU faculty member Michael 
Adams, reserved seats at one of the 
final episodes of the Tonight Show 
with Jay Leno and a homemade sushi 
dinner from CLU faculty member 

"The highest selling item was the 
painting of Kingsmen Creek by 
Michael Adams which went for 
$2,750, to Jack and Carol Gilbert," said 

"The bidding for that item was very 
brisk because they were quite a few 
people who wanted it" 

The oral auction raised a total of 
$41 ,650 for the CLA. Jeff Tanenbaum, 
president of Rock the Gavel, preceded 
over the oral auctioa 

"The auctioneer did an excellent job 
of soliciting generous bids from the 
guests," said Peggy Johnson, university 
editor, who participated as one of the 
scribes recording the oral auction bids. 
Bidders were also able to show their 

support for individual CLU students 
by adding $450 dollars to their tab 
for the annual trip to Biloxi, Miss, 
to rebuild homes of the Hurricane 
Katrina victims. 

As soon as the auctioneer asked 
for bids, paddles shot up all around 
the room with a total of 20 people 
each giving $450 for the Biloxi trip 
and one table showed 100 percent 

$2,100 was also raised for faculty 
grants that will go straight to funding 
new programs. 

The French Club acted as bid 
runners, bringing credit cards and 
receipts to the guests at their tables and 
the Accounting Association processed 
all of the bids from the silent and oral 

AD proceeds from the auction go to 
benefit CLU academic programs. Over 
the years, the CLA has donated more 
than $1.6 million toward equipment 
and technology enhancements for the 

Last year, the CLA raised about 
$78,000 for faculty grants, scholarships 
and scholarship endowment 

"We have challenged ourselves to 
increase the grants by a significant 
amount this year because we want 
to do all we can for CLU students," 
said CLA president Ernie Sandlin, 
according the CLA Web site. 

Overall, the members of the Violet 
and Gold Gala auction team are very 
satisfied with the outcome of the event 
as they were able to raise thousands 
of dollars to further the various 
educational programs here at CLU. 

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Borderline: 80s Night 

9 p.m. Borderline Bar & Grill 

The Need: Cine mania 
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10 a.m. Roth Nelson Room 

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10 a.m. and 4 p.m. 
Samuelson Chapel 

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3:30 p.m. First United Methodist 
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International Chapel Service 

10 a.m. Samuelson Chapel 
Nov. 19 

Wind and Jazz Ensembles 

8 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

Nov. 21 

Mass of the Children 

John Rutter 

Susan Frye, Soprano 

Steve J ohnson, Baritone 

Royal Oaks Chamber Orchestra 

Zwei Gesange 

Johannes Brahms 
Joe Ehlinger, Baritone 
Giovana M oraga, Cello 
Soon Seop Kim, Piano 

Oaks Chamber Singers 

Annette Murphy, Director 

Los Robles Children's Choir 

Donna Young, Artistic Director 

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Photo courtesy of Pete Brown 
Current Presidential Hosts work to recruit new hosts to share their experiences with perspective CLU students. 

The Presidential Hosts 

Students highlight qualities of the 
university to perspective students 

By Aaron Hilf 
Echo Staff Writer 

Acting as tour guides on 
California Lutheran University's 
campus, the Presidential Hosts 
play a vital role in the admissions 
process for many prospective 

Through their 'tours and 
personal contact afterward, 
hosts help those thinking about 
applying to CLU in any way they 

"The Presidential Hosts are an 
integral part in the admission 
process," said Peter Brown, 
enrollment marketing and 
communication manager and 
one of the faculty in charge of the 

Presidential Hosts are 

responsible for two shifts per week. 
However, this does not mean that 
they give two tours. As a host you 
are not only responsible for giving 
tours but for acting as concierge 
when prospective students come 
into the admissions building. 

"I can answer any questions 
about student life, campus life, on- 
campus activities and whatever 
else they need," said Jon-Erik 
Livingston, a Presidential Host. 

As a host for three semesters, 
Livingston knows that he plays 
a big part in many students' 
decision-making process. 

The tours consist of a walk 
around campus with the 
prospective students and their 

Hosts are responsible for 
showing off academic buildings, 
residence halls and other campus 

They must also know about 
current events and about what is 
going on with CLU at the time of 
the tour. 

"Hosts also add their own flare 
to their tours," Livingston said. 
"You get somewhat of a different 
perspective from each host. It's a' 
lot of fun." 

Presidential Hosts also try and 
build relationships with those 
they give tours to. 

"We try to stay in contact with 
the student and family after 
the tour," said Eric Eggleston, 
Presidential Host coordinator. 

Through letters and pictures, 
the hosts continue to help the 
students in any way they can, even 
after they've left the campus. 

As one of the program's 
coordinators, Eggleston helps set 

up all aspects of the tours. 

He helps plan the tours and 
coordinate all parts of the tours 
for the hosts. After being a host 
for two years, he knows what it 
takes to have a great tour. 

Hosts give group tours year- 
round to high schools and even 
to the occasional middle school. 
The group tours are also very 
popular during Fall Showcase and 
Admitted Students Day held in 
the spring. 

"Fall Showcase is an opportunity 
for students to come on campus 
and meet faculty, clubs and have 
tours," Brown said. "The hosts 
help with the tours, and also 
answer any questions that the 
students might have." 

They are always looking to 
grow the program and are now 
accepting applications for the 
spring semester. 

"We are looking for students 
who love to meet and interact 
with new people," Brown said. 
"And who love CLU." 

To become a host, pick up 
an application and turn it in 
by Friday. For any questions 
regarding Presidential Hosting 
contact Brown or Eggleston in the 
admissions office. 

Regents excited 
about current 
direction of CLU 

By Ashley Soukup 
Echo Staff Writer 

Budget projections were met 
according to the California 
Lutheran's Board of Regents, 
who convened two weeks ago. 

"The board reviewed the 
budget in terms of how it's 
played out, and we met the 
budget of the university, but 
we did not meet it quite the 
same way as we thought," vice 
president of Student Affairs Bill 
Rosser said. "Enrollment as you 
know, is way up." 

Undergraduate enrollment 
increased eight percent and 
the number of freshman on 
campus had an increase of 
four percent. Although the 
board was expecting a larger 
growth in graduate students, the 
program only saw a growth of 
1 .4 percent. 

The operating budget of the 
CLU is $67,386,300. Faculty and 
staff will receive a half percent 
raise if enrollment goals were 

Dr. Matthew Ward, Dean of 
Undergraduate Enrollment, has 
been promoted to vice president 
for enrollment management. 

He has 10 years of experience 
in enrollment at University 
of Miami, Florida, and the 
University of Wyoming. 

"Having the reorganization 
that is going to bring graduate 
and undergraduate enrollment 
together under Dr. Ward is going 
to be a really great thing," Rosser 

The new tennis courts being 
put in on north campus are going 
to be named for Ron and Sue 

Poulson, who have been active at 
CLU for the last 20 years. 

Ron Poulson served three 
three-year terms on the Board 
of Regents. 

Sue Poulson is a big supporter 
of the Community Leaders 
Association and has served as co- 
chair and chair of the Auction 
Committee in 2002 and 2003. 

Michael Arndt, professor in the 
Theater Arts Department, has 
been granted a sabbatical to go 
to Vietnam in the spring of 2010 
to shoot a documentary looking 
back on the Vietnam War. 

The Board of Regents also 
announced that they will bring 
back HMH Construction Co. 
to build the Swenson Center of 
Academic Excellence, dedicated 
to social and behavioral science 

"Very positively," Rosser 
said, of working with HMH 
Construction, "we had great 
success with the past two major 
building projects." 

The Regents are very happy 
with the direction that CLU is 
going in. 

"When we have leadership at 
the top of our university it's a 
trickle down effect," ASCLU-G 
President Andrew Brown said. 
"It first makes everyone excited 
about where we are today, where 
we've been and where we are 

The Regents are happy and 
excited for Dr. Chris Kimball, 
CLU's new university president. 

"The Regents, myself included, 
are very impressed with President 
Kimball and the work that he has 
done since being announced as 
our president," Brown said. 

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November 12, 2008 

Ed. professor brings drama to class 

By Elicia Hildreth 
Echo Staff Writer 

With great professors employed 
at California Lutheran University, 
it's no wonder that CLU's own 
Dr. Michael McCambridge is 
deserving of the President Award 
for excellence in teaching. 

McCambridge, who prefers 
to be called "Mac," is a legend 
in the teacher prep program. 
He has invented the Active 
Collaborate Teaching method, 
which helps engage the professors 
and students in a fun learning 

"Education helps develop 
students to grow into their 
potential," he said. 

McCambridge is the associate 
professor of education and 
his teaching style has inspired 
students to look at their subjects 
of study differently and often 
times through drama. 

In his 501 Theories of Teach and 
Learning class, he makes the class 
more interesting and fun. 

He puts the students into groups 
called "families" and presents 
them with imaginary kids. He 
takes these groups through their 
study material and they learn by 
interacting within their families. 

"Instead of lecture with power 
point, note-taking and midterms, 
I create 'families' that go through 
issues and then they have to 
present their conclusion of how 
they handled the issues within the 
family. Learning needs to become 
real," MacCambridge said. 

Growing up, he didn't know 
what he wanted to do as an adult. 

His parents are teachers and 
tried to influence him to become 
one but his heart was set on acting 
and the theatre. 

McCambridge went to school 
for business communication and 
has been involved with theatre 
arts since elementary school. 
While in high school he was very 
involved in theatre and the debate 

Later in life he moved to 
New York and decided to be a 
professional actor. While acting 
in New York, he found that his 
passion was to teach others how 
to act and decided that he would 
go in the direction of teaching. 

His colleagues and students 
think that his techniques and style 
of teaching are pure genius. 

"He is a great professor 
who shows his passion in the 
classroom," said former student 
Robert Benedict. "He made my 
class fun and I looked forward to 
going to every class." 

McCambridge has won the 
Teaching Award, President Award 
for Excellence in Teaching and 
Best Director for his theatre 
group for 2007-2008 year. He has 
developed a theater group called 
Elate, based in North Hollywood. 

In addition, the teacher prep 
program was just recently granted 
an approximate One-million- 
dollar grant. 

"Mac is very successful, very 
active, and very important," said 
associate professor of education, 
Thomas McCambridge. "He has 
an important role for the teacher 
prep program, and definitely 
the most effective of us in the 

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Dr. Michael McCambridge is putting a new spin on education by bringing drama into the classroom. 


In his spare time he is in the 
process of wrapping up his first 
book, "Becoming the Good 
Teacher in Pursuit of Effective 
Teaching and Learning." The book 
is based on his active collaborate 
teacher ideas. McCambridge 
wants to inspire teachers of all 
grade levels to be committed to 
their profession. He understands 

that learning is a cognitive process 
and that is what he explains in the 

The book is also meant to act 
as a workshop that asks teachers 
to examine and look at the way 
they are teaching and to take 
them through a process that 
could make their methods better 
and their classes more fun and 

McCambridge is currendy 
training around 60 teachers about 
the active collaborate teaching 
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"I wouldn't do it justice if I were 
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In beautiful harmony 

By Megan Hindman 
Echo Staff Writer 

Eight students have dedicated 
their time toward preserving 
a long-standing tradition at 
California Lutheran University. 

Beginning in the early days of 
California Lutheran College, the 
Kingsmen and Regal Quartets 
have been a unique addition to 
the campus community. 

"They are probably the longest 
running thing at CLU as far as the 
arts go," said Dr. Wyant Morton, 
chair of the music department. 
"They have been around since the 
funding of the school and we try 
to keep that alive." 

The Kingsmen Quartets have 
been a part of the institution 
longer than the Regal Quartets. 
Back in the day, women's music 
was written more commonly for 
a trio. The Regal Quartets were 
established a few years after. 

The group consists of four 
men and four women specifically 
selected from the CLU choir. 
Once accepted into the prestigious 
group, a member is allowed to 
continue on. for as long as they are 
at the university. 

"they're selected not just based 
on their voices, but by those who 

can work well on their own. They 
have to be really solid musicians 
and very independent," Morton 

Members this year include high 
tenor Ryan Strand, high base 
Chris Power, low base Jeff Opine, 
high soprano Kelly Derouin, low 
soprano Karen Emmert, high alto 
Lindsey Riddle and returning 
members, low tenor Skyler 
Butenshon and low alto Missy 

"It's a very young group this 
year. There's only one returning 
guy and one returning girl. That's 
why I've been working with them 
this year to help get them started," 
Morton said. "They work very 
independendy. I oversee what 
they do, but they work mosdy 
on their own and pick their own 

This year the Quartets sang 
several times during homecoming 
weekend. They performed at the 
half time show, the homecoming 
concert and at coronation where 
they sang "Sweethearts" to the 
king and queen. 

The Kingsmen and Regal 
Quartets also sang together 
last Saturday as an octet at the 
Community Leaders Association's 
29 th Annual Auction. 

"I enjoy it because it's a group 
of people who are dedicated and 
really want to be there," Opine 

The Quartets often perform 
together as an octet and typically 
sing a cappella to pop music 
or lighter pieces. Ryan Strand 
and Skyler Butenshon have also 
composed a few pieces for the 

"They are a really great group 
of combined voices that create 
a really refreshing sound," 
said senior Christina Aamodt. 
"When I heard them they sang 
a cappella and it was just really 
nice to be able to hear their voices 
independendy rather than having 
competing background music." 

The Kingsmen and Regal 
Quartets are currendy gearing up 
for their Christmas season when 
they anticipate caroling in the 
area and are scheduled to perform 
at the Christmas Festival Concert 
Dec. 5-7. The concert will be 
held in the Samuelson Chapel 
Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and 
Sunday at 4 p.m. 

"It's a lot of fun. We get to learn 
new music, perform and keep up 
a tradition of CLU. We are pretty 
good, come and see us," Opine 

November 12, 2008 


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'Madagascar 2: 
Escape 2 Africa' 

Laughs for both kids and adults 

"Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa" is a movie for all 
ages that is filled with song and dance. 

The entire cast is front and center, and the stage 
is set in the plains of Africa. The penguins are 
back full-force and create the largest laughs in the 

Alex (Ben Stiller), Marty 
(Chris Rock), Melman (David 
Schwimmer) and Gloria (Jada 
Pinkett Smith) return to 
the screen along with a few 
new friends: Makunga (Alec 
Baldwin) and Zuba, Alex's 
father, played by the late 
Bernie Mac. 

Eric Darnell and Tom 
McGrath return as the 
directors and are joined by 
writer Ethan Coen. From the 
beginning we are taken on a 
trip back in time to the start 
of the group's friendships 
(Alex, Marty, Melman and 
Gloria), when they were all 

We discover that Alex was 
once a wild animal living in 
Africa with his father, Zuba, 
and his mother. His father 
is leader of their pride and 
during a challenge by a rival 
male named Makunga, Alex finds himself stepping 
off the reserve and into the arms of his captors. 

His father chases them down to rescue his beloved 

"Penguins fly with laughs!" 

By Scott Beebe 
Movie Critic 

son but is unable to save him and Alex winds up 

lost. Alex finds himself floating to the shores of 

New York where his story begins. 
"Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa" opens with the 

group boarding a plane from Madagascar that is 
taking them back to New York. 
The pilots of the plane are 
none other than the penguins 
whose scheming ways cause 
the group to experience a 
plane ride like never before, 
ultimately crash-landing on 
the very reserve in Africa that 
Alex had left behind so many 
years ago. 

"Madagascar 2: Escape 2 
Africa" is a treat for all ages 
and incorporates humor 
that's suitable for parents and 
children. The same comedic 
songs and dances that are 
featured throughout the 
original film are peppered in 
the sequel. It's an enjoyable 
film for anyone wanting a 
good laugh. 

Friendships are what guide 
us through life; they are there 
for us when we are down 
and they are there for us 
when we're in need of help. 

"Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa" shows us how 

valuable true friendship is and how nice it is to 

always have a friend. 











"How do you feel about 
Proposition 8 being passed?" 

"I voted yes. I feel 

that marriage is a 

religious term and 

I don't think that it 

should be forced." 

Michael Swaidan 

"I am really mad 
that it passed. It is 
unfair. Everyone in 
California should 
have the same rights.' 

Megan Ceriale 

"I am neutral. As 

long as gay people 

don't hit on me I'm 


Michael Zubach 

"I didn't vote." 


Will Scarborough 

"Separate but equal 

is inherently not 

equal and that has 

been forgotten with 

this whole Prop. 8 


Robert Duff 

California Lutheran University 


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November 12,2008 

Congrats California 

Upheaval about £^* ue> but l say fear and 
the passing of 
Proposition 8 

Congratulations California, 
we have officially shown the 
rest of the nation how truly 
incompetent we are. 

On Election Day, 
millions of us told 
thousands of other 
people that they are 
not as good as we 
are, that they are not 
equal and that their 
relationships will 
not be respected in 
the eyes of the law. 

While Proposition 
2 passed 

giving animals more freedom, 
we for some reason couldn't do 
the same to respect our fellow 
human beings. 

Missy Bain 

People throughout history have 
constantly used their religion 
as a means of justifying their 
hateful actions (i.e. the KKK, 
the Holocaust, the Crusades, 
etc.), and I believe that this is the 
biggest sin of all. 

Shouldn't religion be a means 

by which people live their life 

and learn to treat 

others with compassion 

and grace? 

Maybe I was 

mistaken when I read 
1 Corinthians 13:4: 
"Love is patient, love is 
kind. It does not envy, it 
does not boast, it is not 
proud. It is not rude, 
it is not self-seeking, it 
is not easily angered, 
it keeps no record of 
wrongs. Love does not delight in 
evil but rejoices with the truth. 
It always protects, always trusts, 
always hopes, always perseveres. 

Some say God was at the center Love never fails..." 

Where does it say "Love is 
heterosexual, love is unequal 
or love is wrong if a bunch of 
ignorant people vote and say it 

However, it does say that "Love 
never fails," and I believe that 
statement to be a foreshadowing 
of things to come. 

Our fight for love may have 
failed this time, but in the end 
we will win. We may have lost the 
battle, biit we will win the war. 

Who are we to decide the fate 
of another person's relationship? 
How would you feel if we put 
your marriage on the ballot and 
voted against it? 

We have treated homosexuals 
appallingly and those who 
contributed to the passing 
of Proposition 8 should be 

I want to apologize on 
behalf of the rest of this 
selfish, discriminatory state of 
California, to all the people who 
will be affected by this passage. 

I want to apologize to the 

17,000 married same-sex 
couples who will have to now 
fight to keep their marriages 
valid, to the children raised 
by same-sex partners who 
now have to endure the law's 

Where does it say 
"Love is hetero- 
sexual, love is unequal 
or love is wrong if a 
bunch of people vote 
and say it is"? 

implication that their parents 
aren't as good as others and to 
those who worked so hard to 
help people realize that only" 
good things would come of gay 
marriage, not bad. 

I want to apologize, but I also 
have to say that I can't wait until 
this ban is overturned for good, 
And believe me, it will happen. 

I can't wait for the day when all 
those "Yes" voters will feel like 
big, selfish, ashamed jerks. 

I want to apologize for when 
the children of same-sex couples 
read about this upset in their 
history books, alongside those 
with parents in an interracial 
marriage, and think, "I can't 
believe people would actually do 
that to other people!" 

To everyone who voted Yes on 
Proposition 8, shame on you. 

Get ready to try and do it again 
because we will never leave this 
issue alone until we get true 
equality for all. 

We will let you celebrate for 
now, but just know that next 
time we will come back even 
stronger than before. 

Eliminating the right to gay 
marriage does not eliminate gay 
people or their supporters. 

It only makes us want to work 
harder to achieve the justice we 
know is right. 

I will fight for this right until 
the day I die, so brace yourself 
California, because here we 
come again. 

Students too party happy? 

A lot of college students, 
including those at California 

Lutheran University, spend 

their weekends at bars, parties 

and small gatherings, 

drinking alcohol and 

having a good time. 

It's all fun and dandy 

until you wake up the 

next morning kissing 

the toilet seat with a 

throbbing headache 

that makes you regret 

the over-consumption 

from the night before. Hollie 

Although only about Lowenberg 
half of college students 
are of legal drinking age, it seems 
that does not matter when it 
comes to alcohol. 

Thanks to fake IDs, older friends 
or negligent policies at liquor 
stores, purchasing alcohol while 
underage isn't too hard to do. 

Twenty-four years ago Congress 
passed the National Minimum 
Drinking Age Act, that raised the 
purchase and public possession of 
alcohol from 18 to 21 years old. 

A proposal called the Amethyst 
Initiative is circulating among 
college and university presidents 
proposing an "informed and 
unimpeded debate" about the 
current status and effectiveness of 
America's alcohol legislation. 

According to its Web site,, it is unfair 
for adults who are under 21 to not 
to be legally allowed to purchase 
alcoholic beverages since adults 

enlist in the military. 

While they raise a good 
argument, it does not take into 
consideration the consequences 
of lowering the 
drinking age. If the 
drinking age was 
to drop, it is likely 
that the number 
of alcohol- related 
accidents would 


The general public 

and many university 

students are divided 

at both ends of the 

spectrum on this 

particular issue. Interest groups 

such as MADD (Mother's Against 

Drunk Driving) believe that 

lowering the drinking age will 

only cause and lead to more fatal 

car crashes. 

According to the National 
Transportation Safety Board 
(NTSB), each year 55-58 percent 
of highway accidents are related 
to alcohol. Furthermore, the 
National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration (NHTSA) 

reported 670,000 people are 
injured due to alcohol- related 

Since Congress passed the act in 
1984, NHTSA has confirmed that 
the number of young people killed 
annually, in crashes involving 
drunk drivers under 21, has been 
cut in half, from more than 5,000 
young people in the early 1980s to 
nearly 2,000 in 2005. 

18 to 20 are eligible to vote and If the drinking age is lowered, 

a drive down the freeway could 
be even more dangerous than it 
already is now. 

Amethyst argues that the 
problem of irresponsible drinking 
by young adults continues, despite 
the minimum legal drinking age 
of 21. This, they say, is the result 
of dangerous binge drinking on 
many college campuses. 

Sure, we all could have access to 
alcohol if we really wanted it, but 
how is lowering the legal age limit 
going to cease binge drinking? 
Binge drinking will still exist, 
especially when more people will 
have access to alcohol. 

More binging means more 
students having their stomachs 
pumped or getting alcohol 
poisoning. If lowering the age will 
release a great deal of problems, 
the law should stick to its original 

Of course there are still people 
out there who abuse alcohol. 
Obviously it's not just underage 
college students who binge drink 
and drive drunk. I'm sure there 
are many of us who have never 
abused alcohol, much less driven 
while under the influence. 

It's those who are not 
responsible, not safe and who 
do not worry about others that 
I'm concerned about. Statistics 
prove to me that most young 
adults under 21 are not concerned 
with being responsible for their 
actions and therefore, I believe 
the drinking age should not be 

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A bang for your buck 

Farmers' market 
provides healthy, 
cheap alternatives 

The current buzz about healthy 
eating is everywhere, but on 
a limited budget California 
Lutheran University 
students struggle 

to find economic 
solutions. What if I 
told you there is a 
simple approach that 
could spice-up your 
healthy eating routine, 
help the environment 
and stimulate the 
community? Kristir 

Visit Thousand Gilman 

Oaks farmers' market. 
Located on Hillcrest 
Drive, this market is one of four 
Ventura County Certified Farmers' 

Farmers' markets of today are not 
exclusively reserved for middle- 
aged, mother-earth types, although 
they are more than welcomed. CLU 

students should be aware of the 
personal and community benefits 
to be gained by these markets. 

Farmers' markets are an 
economic way to buy the freshest 
local fruits, vegetables, bakery 
items, eggs, nuts, honey, potted 
plants and cut flowers, all at the 
peak of the season. 

If you are tired of the 
often mealy, bruised 
apples at the cafeteria, 
I suggest picking-up a 
3 pound bag of Black 
Arkansas apples at 
the Thousand Oaks 
farmers' market for 
around $ 4. 

The market is a great 
place to try something 
new and branch away 
from the routine 
foods we buy on a 
budget, Ramen noodles come 
immediately to mind. 

If fresh, nutrient-rich produce 
is not enough to tempt your 
taste buds, the rooftop, where the 
farmers' market is held, is filled 
with the aroma of fresh kettle 

corn on a weekly basis. Banquet 
tables are also filled with bakery 
goods ranging from jalapeno 
bread to snicker-doodles, so if you 
are looking for a taste of home 
this might be the place to find it. 

One more suggestion, is to pick 
up some fresh gerber daisies or 
sun flowers for your girlfriend 
or anyone that would appreciate 
them. Not only will you get points 

CLU students should 
be aware of the per- 
sonal and community 
benefits to be gained by 
[the Thousand Oaks 
farmers' market] . 

for being thoughtful, but you will 
get double points for purchasing 
them from a local farmers' 

While this market is a treasure 
trove for any hungry student on a 
budget, shopping here has an even 
longer list of benefits. Buying your 
produce from local farmers helps 

to support Thousand Oaks. 

All of your money goes direcdy 
to the local farmers who grow 
your food. 

You are keeping your money in 
the community and not spending 
added dollars to transport food 
across the country. 

Our existing food transportation 
and distribution system requires 
massive amounts of energy and 
resources. Before food gets to you 
in the cafeteria or in the grocery 
store, the average food item in 
the United States will travel 1,300 
miles. All this inefficiency creates 
many environmental problems. 

It is clear that the Thousand 
Oaks farmers' market is 
beneficial to your health and 
the environment, but it is also a 
great way for CLU students to be 
involved and talk to the people we 
share this community with. 

This exciting community event 
takes place every Thursday from 
2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the rooftop 
of Recreation District at 403 W. 
Hillcrest Drive, right across the 
street from The Oaks mall. 

Pros/cons to on-campus housing 

Should it be 
mandatory to 
live on campus? 

It's that tiny room most of 
us at California Lutheran 
University have experienced, 
and no, it's not a hospital room 
or a cold doctor's office. 

Most of us have experienced 
this type of room because it 
was mandatory for us to live 
in during our freshman 

It's the dreaded dorm 

What do you think 
of when you hear the 
word "dorm room?" 

For me, I immediately 
think of a shoe box, 
mouse trap or jail cell. 

My question is 
whether or not college 
campuses should make 
it a requirement for 
students to live on campus 
their first year. 

Don't get me wrong, I do 
believe there are numerous 
advantages to living on 
campus as a freshman. 

Student bonding, recreational 
activities that the resident 
assistants provide and a sense 
of community are definitely 
reasons for students to live on 

I also think that by putting 
students into an environment 
where everyone is in the 
same boat makes the bonding 
between new students even 
stronger because they are 
all going through a new 
and frightening experience 

When I attended California 
State University Chico in 


Northern California, I carefully 
read over the brochures and 
Web site to see what their goal 
was for students who lived on 

CLU also holds standards for 
campus housing which states 
that "in support of the values 
defined in California Lutheran 
University's mission, Residence 
Life will work to create a living 
environment that promotes and 
enhances student education 
opportunities by focusing 
on developing 
a respect for 
and connection 
to the CLU 

For students 
their first time 
living away from 
home, and for 
parents nervous 
about their child 
leaving home 
for the first 
time, mandatory on-campus 
housing provides a way for 
parents to feel as though their 
child is taken care of. 

I think part of the reason why 
I see more disadvantages in 
mandatory on campus housing 
is because I have experienced 
living in a small dorm room 
when I attended Chico. 

At the time, I was over 18 
years old and felt extremely 
responsible for myself and my 
daily actions. 

When I realized that it was 
mandatory for freshmen to live 
on campus their first year x I felt 
like most of my ability to make 
decisions for myself was being 
taken away. 
No candles. No matches. 
Visitors must be continuously 
checked in. 

If you lost your room key 
it was a ridiculous $50 to 

The list went on and on and 
I truly couldn't believe that so 
many rules were created for 
students who were forced to 
live in a dorm. 

I also found it much more 
difficult to concentrate on 
my homework, study without 
procrastinating and attempt 

I believe too often 
students get matched 
up with a roommate that 
is the polar opposite of 
themselves or what their 
typical daily habits are. 

to get to bed early because my 
roommate and I were always 
on different schedules. 

However, there are some 
options for students at CLU. 

For example, if you are with- 
in a specific mile radius of the 
school, you are allowed to live 
off campus property. 

Ultimately, I think that 
students should be free to 
decide whether or not they 
want to live on campus and in 
the provided dorms. 

Every student studies and 
interacts differently. 

I believe too often students 
get matched up with a 
roommate that is the polar 
opposite of themselves or what 
their typical daily habits are. 

We all know that freedom of 
speech is important. 

Whatever happened to 
freedom of choice? 

Wouldn't it be neat to finally 
let student's decide how they 
want to start off their college 

California Lutheran University 

Page 10 

^ The Echo . 


November 12,2008 

Tigers are not afraid of the water 

swimmers can't 
top Oxy at home 

By Nicole Jacobsen 

Echo Staff Writer 

Its likely that the Cal 
Lutheran women's swim team 
is wishing it had a few more 
members this season. 

The Regals lost 110-126 
against Occidental College 
Saturday morning in the first 
SCIAC meet of the 2008-09 
season, mostly due to not 
having enough members on 
the team to compete with 
larger teams such as the 

Cal Lutheran's Amanda 
Graves took first in both the 
200-yard individual medley (2: 
23.01) and the 100-yard back 
stroke (1:06.88) to put the 
Regals on top but throughout 
the day the Tigers caught up 
and eventually took the lead. 

"Oxy was tough because 
their team is so much bigger," 
junior Mikayla Avrea said. "If 
we had more people on our 

By Krystle Van Deusen 
Echo Staff Writer 

In their conference opener at 
Samuelson Aquatics Center, 
the California Lutheran 
University men's swimming 
and diving team came up 
short 92-124 last week. 

Cal Lutheran divers will be 
on the road to compete at the 
Bulldog diving invite on Nov. 
22. The whole team will take 
on the University of Redlands 
on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 10:30 

Despite the loss, three 
Kingsmen standouts 

won individual events to 
contribute to their scoring. 

Cal Lutheran's lone male 
diver, senior Eric Vaughn, 
won the 1- and 3-meter 
diving events putting up the 
most points for any Kingsmen 
of the day. 

"I've been the only diver 
both for the men's and 
women's the past three years," 
he said. "It's been great one- 
on-one training, but it's nice 
to have girl divers this year." 

Most schools in the SCIAC 
typically have two or more 
divers on their roster. Vaughn 
has to make every dive count 
in order to make up the 
uneven odds he is facing. 

Aside from Vaughn's 
individual event win, 

sophomore Jordan Liebhardl 
won the 100- yard freestyle 
swim (50.83). Freshman 

team we would have a better 
chance, but we did well and 
won a lot of races." 

Despite the loss, the Regals 
are excited for the rest of 
the season and are getting 
ready for upcoming meets by 
focusing on their specialty 
strokes and sprinting during 

"The team has been doing 
really well," Avrea said. "We 

started swimming earlier 
this season so we were more 
prepared for our first meet 
this year. Everyone has been 
improving all their times even 
after we added weight lifting to 
the program this past week." 

Encouragement played a key 
role in last weekend's meet 
versus Occidental. 

Coaches and swimmers 
cheered for their fellow Regals 

when tension was high and 
the score was slowly getting 

"Coach Dodd was proud 
of us this weekend," Bridget 
Nurding said. "He's been so 
encouraging during both 
practices and meets. 

The girls are amazing, too. 
They're always yelling and 
cheering, getting us excited 
and pushing us to go faster." 

Photo by Ashley Bentz 
Senior Amanda Graves won the 200-meter individual medley and the 100-meter backstroke on Saturday. 

Jake Kaija led the 500-yard 
freestyle (5:06.97) to rake 
up the CLU individual event 

Kingsmen sophomore Ryan 
Cota finished second, just 
seconds behind teammate 
Liebhardt, in the 100-yard 
freestyle (52.41). Cota just 
missed another first place 
finish in the 100-yard breast 
stroke ( 1:05.62), finishing two 
seconds behind Occidental's 
Jeven Dovey. 

Cal Lutheran also had a 
strong team performance in 
the 400-yard freestyle relay 
finishing first overall (3: 
28.32). Kaija swam the first 
leg of the race, junior Jared 
Vermillion and sophomore 
Spencer Votipka swam the 
middle legs, and Liebhardt 
secured the victory for the 

Occidental's Michael Wong 

gained a win in the 1000-yard 
freestyle swim (10:58.25). 
Matt Harter lead the Tiger's 
to victory with a win in the 
200- yard freestyle (1:51.13) 
and 100- yard butterfly 

"We have the potential to 
be one of the best teams 
in conference, because we 
are so dynamic," captain 
Vermillion said. "This is our 
first conference meet so it's 
still early." 

The Kingsmen's season is 
off to an early start. 

In past years, their 
conference opener is usually 
later into the month of 

The Kingsmen water polo 
team is finishing up the end 
of their season, and some 
polo players make up the rest 
of the swim team, part of the 
reason they're shorthanded at 

the moment. 

The Kingsmen lost a good 
chance to gain some points 

The 400-yard medley relay 
team, consisting of Avrea, 
Leah Williams, Jenna Snyder 
and Kelly How Tarn Fat, took 
first while senior captain 
Jill Minehan was first in the 
100-yard fly with a time of 1: 

"Everybody worked really 
hard this weekend," Lindsay 
Nolan said. "We're all excited 
to see what happens this 

She won the 50-yard free 
style with a time of 25. 91, only 
1.74 from the record set by 
Aimee Vermillion in February 
of 2007. 

Nolan also took second in 
the 100-yard freestyle with a 
time of 56.92, just .4 seconds 
behind Occidental's Karie 

"We still have things to work 
on and we always have room 
for improvement, but overall 
we're proud of how we did," 
Nolan said. 

The Regals 400-yard freestyle 
relay team consisting of 
Graves, Minehan, Avrea and 
Nolan got first with a time 
3:48.47, out swimming the 
Tigers by 7.89 seconds. 

when they didn't have enough 
numbers to compete in the 
400-yard Medley relay. 

This was the only event they 
did not compete in. 

"Other teams have more 
swimmers, so they have 
more numbers to fill out 
the events," Vermillion said. 
"With our full team we will 
be much more diverse." 

Kingsmen swimmers are 
excited for what's in store 
for them as the season 
continues and the SCIAC 
championships in February. 

"We're building up for the 
future," said sophomore Chris 
Knorr. "We're excited to put 
in a good show in SCIAC." 

Photo by Ashley Bentz 
Jake Kaija won the 500-meter freestyle event against Occidental College. 

November 12, 2008 - California Lutheran University 


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Living the college dream 

By Jackson Damron 
Echo Staff Writer 

So many people dream of being the 
hero, the go-to-guy, the one everybody 
looks to for leadership. For senior 
midfielder Josh Moskowitz that dream 
was a reality. 

The graduating senior has played his 
final game for the Kingsmen soccer 
team and scored his last collegiate 
goaL However, he has come away 
with a number of friends he can call 
his brothers, friends that will be in 
his wedding friends that will last a 

major in casino management 

Following a visit to the UNLV 
campus he decided to stay close to 
home and attend California Lutheran 
University and major in journalism. 

"I felt like (NCAA) Division I was 
going to be too serious," Moskowitz 
said. "Being from Oak Park I felt like 
the atmosphere at CLU would be more 
what I was used to." 

On the field for the Kingsmen, 
Moskowitz has had a stellar career. 
He is on CLLTs top- 10 list for goals, 
assists and points with 33, 22 and 88 
respectively. For his first three years 
Moskowitz was the leading scorer 

soccer field, someone very close to him 
hasn't been able to see it His mom, 
Nancie, is the women's soccer coach at 
CLU and couldn't see him play because 
her games were at the same times. 

For Josh's entire high school and 
college career, Nancie had to wait and 
hear how her son's games turned out 
She would receive a phone call or text 
message with the news of her son's 
successes. She even had thoughts of 

That changed this year when the 
CLU athletic department helped 
devise a scenario in which Nancie 

could choose four of her son's games to 
attend Assistant coach Frank Marino 
was left in charge in the women's team. 

"I don't know of a lot of universities 
where they would allow me to do 
this, especially your bigger Division 1 
programs," she told a Ventura County 
Star reporter. "I am very appreciative 
they gave me this opportunity. It really 
means a lot to a mother." 

Not only did it mean a lot to her, 
it was also very important to Josh. 
In high school his mom coached at 
Newbury Park High School and his 
dad filmed the Oak Park games so his 

mom could watch them later. 

"She's never been able to watch me 
play? said Josh Moskowitz. "It really 
meant a lot to her to get to see me play 
this year." 

Moskowitz plans to get a job in 
the television industry on the East 
Coast However, he hasn't ruled out 
continuing his soccer career overseas 
in Sweden. 

"Soccer is in the back of my mind 
right now?' he said Tve already started 
applying for jobs, but I know after 
winter break HI get the itch to train and 
play again." 

Being a part of the Kingsmen soccer and second leading scorer in his senior 
team was something Moskowitz had 
never before experienced 

"The camaraderie of this team is 
amazing," he said "The best part of 

playing soccer here isn't all the goals 
or assists, but having the opportunity 
to meet all the great people that are in 
my life now?' 

A two-sport athlete at Oak Park High 
School, Moskowitz also played football 
besides being a standout soccer player. 

After his senior year of high school 
he had thoughts of attending the 
University of Nevada at Las Vegas to 


Following die 2006 season he was 
named to the All-SCIAC Second Team 
and in 2007 he was named to die All- 
SCIAC First Team and the NCAA All 
West Region Third Team. 

"Josh is the type of player that leads 
with his intensity?' said assistant coach 
Clark Cripps. "I have never had to 
worry about whether Josh was going to 
show up for the game. He has a mental 
edge about him that is hard to find in a 
player in any sport" 

While Moskowitz has excelled on the 

Photo by Erik Hagen 
Josh Moskowitz is ninth in CLU history with 33 career goals. 

Nationals or bust 
in college finale 

By Jeff Chaney 
Echo Staff Writer 

Eric Vaughn never thought he 
would have a college diving career 
until he was recruited his sophomore 
year of high school to help his swim 
team get the diving points it had been 
missing out on. 

Already a player on the soccer field 
and tennis court, he soon acquired a 
love for the precision and nerves of 
steel required for diving. 

Coming from Washington to 
Southern California as the sole diver 
for the Kingsmen swimming and 
diving team, Vaughn soon discovered 
that there was more opportunity and 
higher competition. 

"We didn't even have 3-meter 
boards in Washington, so I had a 
whole new set of dives to learn and 
practice," he said 

Right now, as the season approaches, 
Vaughn has been refining where he 
left off last year. Working on his front 
three and 1/2's has been the focus as 

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of lately, as well as reverse and back 2 
and Vis. 

Vaughn has his eyes set on making 
nationals this year, and he knows that 
those are the dives he needs to build 
off of throughout the season to get 
him there. 

"There are dear tiers in the diving 
competition, and I want to be in 
the top percentage of our division 
to make it through to nationals," 
Vaughn said. 

Vaughn is gunning for Claremont- 
Mudd-Scripps, as the Stags are his 
clear rivals on both the 1 and 3-meter 

"Last year, going into the season 
my goal was to Podium at the SCIAC 
championships, and I took third 
place on both boards behind CMS, 
and although I accomplished my 
goal and dove really well, I want to 
build off that year like I have since 
my freshman year and finish at the 
top," he said. 

Vaughns coach, Arsen Javadian, 
was a world class diver from Russia 
who has competed against the 15 
time gold medalist Greg Louganis. 
With his guidance and expertise, 
Vaughn plans on making some huge 
improvements on what he is capable 
of at this time. 

"He is a diamond in the rough in 
the dive-coach world. I feel very lucky 
to have him as my coach," he said. 
"With not a lot of diving in the off 
season it's very important to have a 
coach who can get you back to where 
you left off, and he gets me back to 
that so fast 

A dive that Vaughn hopes to have 
down by the time the big show 
comes around is a 2 Vi twist- 1 x h 

"It's not about just doing the dive, 
it's nailing the dive," he said. 

Just before Thanksgiving, Vaughn 
heads down to University of Redlands 
for the Bulldog invitational. 

"It's a big meet with lots of Division 
I teams," he said 

It will give him a chance to size up 
some of the competition he hopes to 
see at nationals. 

Photo by Ashley Bentz 

Eric Vaughn aims for nationals 

this year, his senior season. 

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California Lutheran University - November 12, 2008 

Defense dominates Leopards 

La Verne held to 
three points in 
home finale 

By Nicole Flanary 
Echo Staff Writer 

The Kingsmen leveled the La 
Verne Leopards Saturday in 
their final home game of the 

Cal Lutheran outscored 
La Verne 37-3 at Mt. Clef 

The Kingsmen travel to 
Redlands on Saturday to take 
on the University of Redlands 
Bulldogs at 1 p.m. in their last 
regular season game. 

"We came into this game 
wanting to bounce back from 
a hard loss to Oxy," senior 
Kevin Shaifer said. "We were 
confident and prepared 
and I think that made the 

On the Leopards' first 
possession, junior linebacker 
Roland Jenkins sacked 

quarterback Anthony Andre 
and the Kingsmen defense 
didn't let up forcing La Verne 
to punt early. 

CLU drove the ball 53 yards 
down field, setting up a 15-yard 
touchdown pass from junior 
quarterback Jericho Toilolo to 
freshman Derek Martinez. 

The score at the end of the 
first quarter was 7-0 and it 
wasn't until early in the second 
that CLU added more points to 
their total. 

Junior kicker Jackson Damron 
connected a 33-yard field goal 
to increase the Kingsmen lead 
to 10-0. 

On the next possession for 
La Verne, Jenkins earned his 
second sack of the game. 

Senior lineman Jacob 
Calderon forced the ball out 
of the hands of La Verne 
quarterback Anthony Andre. 
Senior Ian Freeman hustled 
to recover the ball for the 

Bobby Rodrigues, 39, throws a block for Quarterback Jericho Toilolo, 12. Toilolo threw four interceptions against La Verne on Saturday. 

Photo by Rachel Wolf 

CLU's next possession 
resulted in a 50-yard 
touchdown pass by Toilolo to 
Danny Hernandez. 

The touchdown pass was 
Toilolo's second of the half, and 
put the Kingsmen up 17-0. 

La Verne was forced to punt 
on its next possession as CLU's 
defense made their presence 

Toilolo completed four of 
four passes on the following 
drive and then connected with 
sophomore receiver Christian 
Edwards in the end zone 
increasing the lead 24-0. 

Toilolo went 13-25 with 219 
yards and four touchdown 
passes for the day. 

"Toilolo made a huge impact 
on the game," Shaifer said. "He 

was undoubtedly a key to our 

Cal Lutheran's defense again 
stopped the Leopards, forcing 
them to punt for the second 
consecutive time. 

After a 9-yard return by 
Hernandez, Toilolo drove 
the ball down the field again 
connecting with Edwards for 
the score. 


The third quarter began 
with a 63-yard drive by the 
Kingsmen offense resulting in 
a 1-yard touchdown run by 
freshman running back Bobby 

The Leopards entered the 
red zone several times in the 
second half of the game, but 
were unable to convert those 

drives into points in all but 

ULV's first and only score 
came mid-way through the 
third quarter as kicker Wesley 
Dean converted a 31 -yard field 

Sophomore Wes Garwood 
replaced Toilolo at quarterback 
late in the third quarter and 
was 3-7 for 28 yards. 

The keys to the Kingsmen's 
success was a number of 
outstanding individual 

performances by both offensive 
and defensive players. 

CLU's defense was led by 
Jenkins with 11 tackles, 3.5 
tackles for a loss including 2.5 

Calderon followed with nine 
tackles and senior defensive 

back Selase Amoaku with 

The Cal Lutheran defense has 
racked up seven interceptions 
this season, four of which are 
accredited to Victor Edwards. 

The strong receiving core 
for the Cal Lutheran came up 
big on Saturday, as Toilolo 
connected with eight different 

Seniors Hernandez and 
Chris Hammond had huge 
receptions of 64 and 63 yards 

Fellow senior Jesse Matlock 
caught two passes for 18 yards, 
while Shaifer added a 13 yard 

"Next week we need to win," 
Shaifer said. "We have to win to 
give ourselves a chance". 

Photo by Erik Hagen 

Senior Wideout Chris Hammond, 1, lays out for a 37-yard reception. 

October 29, 2008 

The hottest new trend in kids* fitness— Knuckleheads Gym— is partnering with the 
American Heart Association to raise money for the AHA and to promote youth fitness! 

Knuckleheads invites the community to join us from 10A.M. to 12 Noon on December 7 th 
to jump rope to benefit the American Heart Association and experience our gym. 

On December 7 th , we will be kicking off our "Jump Rope for Heart" fundraiser at our gym, 
located at 2080 Newbury Road, Newbury Park, CA! 

Knuckleheads will also welcome non-members Monday, December 8 th through Saturday, 
December 13 th from 5PM until close to earn not only money to benefit the AHA and 
if they jump for 20 minutes, they will have the remainder of the evening to enjoy the 

Knuckleheads experience. 

Any child can participate or donate. Contact Knuckleheads staff for registration 


Come to Knuckleheads, jump rope, have fun, and earn money for a great causel 

The Echo 

California Lutheran University 

Volume 52, Number 10 

November 19,2008 

Southland ravaged with fires 

Photo by David McNew/Getty Images 
A firefighting airtanker drops Phos-Check fire retardant over firefighters trying to protect a house on November 
15, 2008 in Yorba Linda, California. Strong Santa Ana Winds are destroying hundreds of homes and charring 
thousands of acres around southern California. 

entertain at 
improv show. 



By Margaret Nolan 
Managing Editor 

Westmont College, a private 
school in Montecito, on Thursday 
caught fire around 6 p.m. and 
remained fueled by the intense 
winds that swept through 
Montecito and the surrounding 
Santa Barbara area. 

Flames spread out to cover 
more than 2,500-acres of land, 
including portions of the 1 10-acre 
Westmont campus. 

Firefighters began working 
immediately, evacuating close to 
1,000 students and fighting to get 
the flames under control. 

Students on campus when the 
fire struck said that the blaze came 
out of nowhere and immediately 
took over everything. 

"It came pretty fast," said Tyler 
Rollema, a Westmont sophomore 
to Amy Taxin of the San Jose 
Mercury News. "We came out and 
it was just blazing." ^^^^^^ 

Soon after its 
birth, the Tea fire 
had engulfed the 
physics, math 

and psychology 
buildings, along 
with three dormitories and 
faculty homes. 

Despite firefighters working full 
force to tame the blaze, the flames 
continued through the night as 
bewildered students looked on 
from the safety of the gym. 

Some students said that they 
weren't even aware of exactly what 
part of the campus was burning. 

"I live about seven minutes 
from the school and one of my 
friends on campus sent me a text 
message that there was a fire," said 
Westmont senior, Derek Fugitt. 

"From our house we could see 
the fire blowing as it came over 
the hill and it kept getting closer 
and closer. Right as we finished 
packing, they told us to evacuate." 

The Westmont students who 
were able to get off campus have 
not been able to return since the 
flames have forced many roads 
and freeways to shut down. 

CLU, along with the surrounding 
homes and churches, immediately 
reached out to provide physical, 
emotional and spiritual support 
for the student and faculty of 
Westmont College. 

Regals suffer 
loss to rival 
in Regional 

Page 1 1 

Fires should be con- 
tained mid-week with 
help of dying winds. 

Some students were welcomed 
into the homes of local families 
and churches that were out of the 
fires reach. 

CLU held a prayer vigil at the 
flagpole Friday morning to pray 
for students and faculty members 
of the Westmont community who 
are experiencing this disaster. 

Students and faculty also signed 
a large banner to send over to 
Westmont that offered words of 
prayer and encouragement. 

In an e-mail to the CLU 
community, Dr. Chris Kimball 
university president, thanked 
everyone for all the offers of 
support and encouraged the 
continual thoughts and prayers 
for the Westmont community. 

"I appreciate all of the offers to 
provide assistance to Westmont 
College that have been pouring 
into my office this morning," 
Kimball wrote. "It is a blessing to 
be part of such a service-oriented 
. community." 

As of Monday, 
the flames were 
reported as 95 
percent contained 
and the students 
were supposed 

to be allowed back on campus 

"We just got word that we will 
not have school until Dec. I ," said 

The fires also affected some of 
the neighborhoods surrounding 

Several celebrities who have 
homes in Montecito have 
evacuated their families and pets 
including Rob Lowe and Oprah 

Since the start of the fire in 
Montecito, other fires have also 
broken out around Southern 
California including the 

aforementioned Tea fire, which 
has struck Santa Barbara; the 
Freeway Complex fire, which is 
burning through Orange County; 
and the Sayre fire which is 
affecting the wilderness areas just 
north of Los Angeles. 

California Gov. Arnold 
Schwarzenegger declared a state of 
emergency for Santa Barbara, Los 
Angeles and Orange Counties. 

Continued on pg. 2; 

fall short in 
SCIAC title 

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Page 2 

November 19, 2008 


By Amanda Lovett 
Echo Staff Writer 

Backpack to Briefcase 

Backpack to Briefcase was held 
last week in the Lundring Events 
Center where students interacted 
with alumni and discussed career 

The event was set up in a speed- 
dating format and 20 alumni 
shared their post-graduate 
experiences in their fields with 20 
students who shared their career 
goals. These business professional 
meetings often lead to internships 
and job opportunities. 

Freshmen Retreat 

The Freshmen Retreat was 
held on Friday and Saturday at 
Silverstrand Beach in Oxnard. 
Freshmen and mentors reflected 
on the events from the past two 
months and what they hope to 
accomplish in the near future. 

The mentors involved were 
five upper classmen that spoke 
of their experiences as well. This 
event created team bonding 
and personal development and 
allowed students to take 25 hours 
to forget school and focus on 
goals and reflection. 

Call + Response 

Call + Response, a movie 
about the global slave trade in 
today's world and what we can 
do about it, is having an exclusive 
free screening for CLU students, 

faculty and staff on tomorrow at 
7:45 p.m. The screening will take 
place in the Laemmle Monica 4- 
Plex located at 1332 second St., 
Santa Monica. 

All of the profits made from this 
event will go directly to helping 
initiatives on the front lines of 
this issue. The exclusive free 
screening was purchased by the 
Not For Sale organization, so by 
attending this free event you are 
still contributing to the cause. 

Sign up online at the Service 
Center's events calendar 

to reserve a spot or visit to purchase 
box office tickets. More info about 
Call + Response may be found 
or contact Amy Brown at 

Senate Go Green 

Nearly 80 people showed up on 
Saturday to take part in the Senate 
Go Green event sponsored by the 
Senate committee in charge of 
environmental service on campus, 
led by senior Jessica Kolstad. 

The event was designed to help 
people on campus become more 
aware of the green initiative. A 
recycling truck was brought to 
campus to aid the initiative, and 
all the money that was made from 
recycling was given back to the 

Many people helped clean 
the campus while enjoying a 
free breakfast and lunch and a 
raffle drawing giving away bikes, 
scooters and gift certificates, 
uniting in the effort to make our 
campus environmentally friendly. 

Students look to future with 
jobs in the medical field 

Fire coverage from page 1 

According to, the 
three fires combined have burned 
about 35,000-acres, destroyed over 
800 homes and apartments and 
caused more than 50,000 people to 
leave their homes. 

Several freeways throughout 
Southern California were shut down 
due to the fires over the weekend and 
are only recently being reopened. 

One of the most affected areas 
by the three fires is the foothill 
community of Sylmar. 

Firefighters from the Los Angeles 
County Fire Department and from 
the Los Angeles City Fire Department 
are working with Super Scoopers 
and helicopters to have continual 
water drops over the flames. 

Thousands of Sylmar residents were 
evacuated early Monday morning 
as the flames got past firefighters 
and engulfed large portions of 
the city including a mobile home 
community and buildings by the 
Lopez canyon landfill. 

"We have almost total devastation 
here in the mobile park," said Los 
Angeles Fire CapL Steve Ruda to 

CBS News. "I can't even read the 
street names because the street signs 
are melting." 

It is believed that as many as 500 
mobile homes were completely 
destroyed and numerous other 
houses were evacuated. 

"My pool was completely black and 
there were ashes everywhere," said 
freshmen Tiahna Borhaug, whose 
family lives in Sylmar. "Our power 
box exploded but luckily we only lost 
our food. A house right down the 

road was completely destroyed." 

On Monday, it was reported by that the Freeway 
Complex fire and the Sayre fires are 
only 40 percent contained. 

As the treacherous Santa Ana 
winds slowly start to calm down, 
firefighters are using the wind 
decrease to their advantage in order 
to get all three fires under control. 

The Los Angeles County Captain 
has reported to CNN that all three 
fires should be contained by the 
middle of the week, as long as the 
winds continue to die down. 

By Jennifer Tholse 
Echo Staff Writer 

The International University 
of Medicine and Health Science 
was represented at California 
Lutheran University last week for 
a discussing of attending medical 

Students attended to learn of 
possible options of attending 
medical school on the Caribbean 
island of St. Kitts. 

According to the Myra N. Harris, 
assistant director of Admissions, 
students will only need to attend 
UMHS for one and a half years, 
after when they will transfer to 
a school in the United States to 
complete their last year at a school 
that the university has an affiliation 

She also emphasized that the 
tuition is approximately $7,800 per 
semester and that the university has 
the newest technology available. 

"St Kitts is a beautiful place and 
it is great to study abroad and see 
different cultures," Harris said. 

In use is a new piece of equipment 
especially designed for medicine 
programs, called "Elmo," that 
makes teaching and learning easier. 

Programs also have fake 
patients in a doll form that can 
be programmed to have certain 
kinds of diseases. The dolls can talk 
back and make different noises if 
something is wrong and even die. 

Senior Kenny Smith, the 
president of the American Medical 
Student Association, was the 
one responsible for putting the 
presentation together. 

He said he wanted to make people 
more aware of the opportunities of 
attending foreign medical schools. 

"I thought it would be important 
for the student body to be aware of 
the requirements that are needed to 
practice medicine in the US. after 
studying abroad. And as we found 
out, a few tests is all that's needed," 
he said. 

Senior Garret Mosley, an aspiring 
medical doctor attended the 
seminar to learn more about his 

"UMHS is a great alternative for 
people whose GPA is not terribly 
high and that you don't need to 
take the MCAT [Medical College 
Admission Test)," he said. "But, the 
negative part is that the university is 
not so well known yet." 

Harris mentioned the advantage 

of not needing to do the MCAT 
and explained to the students 
who will transfer somewhere else 
the importance of having a good 
MCAT score. 

"Definitely take your time and 
find out all about the MCAT, so 
make sure your well prepared and 
study a lot before," Harris said. 
"Because the score for most schools 
are important for being admitted 
and they can find out how many 
times you tried." 

Senior Katie Foster came to 
learn more t>f UMHS since she is 
interested in becoming a dentist. 

However, she found out that 
UMHS didn't provide that 

"If I was going into medicine 
I would definitely consider the 
school since the technology seems 
so advanced and the different 
culture, etc," Foster said. "The only 
negative thing is that you can't 
practice medicine in California 

Students interested in learning 
more about UMHS and other 
medical programs can visit Dr. 
Bartmrcr€oUrns in the Ahmanson 
Science Center in room 118 or 
e-mail her at bcollins@calluthera 

Immigration lawyer discusses 
laws on illegal immigrants 

By Kelsey Bonesteel 
Echo Staff Writer 

The state of the economy 
has been on people's minds 
these past few months. It has 
overwhelmed the media coverage 
and has been a hot national topic 
for the election. 

Illegal immigration hasn't been 
the topic of discussion recently, 
although CLU brought it back 
Friday night in the Student 
Union Building. 

Jessica Dominguez, 

immigration lawyer, was invited 
to campus to discuss and answer 
any questions CLU's students had 
about the immigration laws. 

On Nov. 7-9 a group of students 
organized by the Community 
Service Center traveled to the 
Mexican border and Tijuana. 
They crossed the border, went to 
co-ops and experienced border 

Many questions were raised by 
the students involved. Reshai 
Tate, senior student intern for 
the Community Service Center 
wanted to help students receive 
those answers and the solution 
fell right in his lap. 

"I was actually giving a tour 
to [Dominguez's] son, I was 
explaining the last community 

service," Tate said. "Everything 
just fell into place from there." 

The event was set up in a casual 
fashion. Each table was adorned 
with white butcher paper table 
cloths, and had a different word 
about immigration written on it. 

The first activity asked all 
attendees to write anything they 
thought of related to that word, 
such as facts, misconceptions and 

This allowed for open 
communication between 

members of the table. More tables 
were added for the latecomers. 

A power point was shown that 
documented the "Justice on the 
Border" Trip. 

Then it turned to Dominguez to 
help them answer the questions 
they had from their trip. 

She helped break the 
misconceptions about illegal 
immigration such as: not all 
immigrants are criminals, they 
still have to pay taxes and a green 
card isn't green anymore. 

"We • need more attorneys 
that work with their heart," 
Dominguez said. 

Some people are trying to 
deceive the immigrants from 
Mexico who wish to become legal 

The immigrants hire fake 

consultants who charge them 
a large sum of money and 
ultimately turn them in for 

"Before you become a citizen 
you must become a legal 
permanent resident for at least 
five years," Dominguez said. 
"During those five years they 
must prove good moral character, 
that they pay taxes and they speak 

If any crime is committed 
within that time, a 10-year ban is 
automatically put into effect. 

If they are caught in the United 
States and have lived here longer 
than one year, this will also 
institute a 10-year ban. 

Some of the questions were very 

One woman spoke of her 
brother who came to the United 
States when he was a baby and 
when he finally decided to file 
for citizenship, he was flagged for 

"If the U.S. wanted to stop this 
problem all they would have to 
do is enforce the labor laws," 
Dominguez said. "But that would 
be too harmful for the economy." 

She closed by challenging 
the group to give back to the 
community and take everything 
one step at a time. 

November 19, 2008 


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Defense lawyer talks 
of high-profile cases 

Ross shares stories 
from his career in 
criminal defense 

By Dana Blackburn 
Echo Staff Writer 

The defense lawyer for a number 
of high-profile cases spoke to 
students at California Lutheran 
University on Thursday about 
how intricate the defense process 
can be. 

Scott Ross, Director of 
Investigations for the Law Offices 
of Gerragos and Gerragos and the 
criminal defense lawyer behind 
many cases shared his experiences 
and valuable knowledge. 

Cases Ross has investigated as a 
criminal defense lawyer involved 
Michael Jackson, Scott Peterson, 
Robert Blake, Winona Ryder and 
LAPD Rampart. 

As an expert in his field, Ross 
has made appearances on MSNBC 
News, "48 Hours" and CNN News. 

In addition to providing expert 
testimony, he is deeply involved 
in preparing his team for trial 
through interviews, preparing 
witnesses to testify and writing 
detailed case reports. 

During his career Ross has 
worked on more than 20,000 cases 
ranging from misdemeanors to 
murder cases. 

"A criminal defense is based on 
the weakness of the prosecution," 
he said, as he stressed the 

importance of credible witnesses 
and evidence. 

Ross discussed a question he 
is frequently asked: How do you 
defend someone who may in fact 
be guilty? He explained that 
during the 

seen by the public of Bonnie Lee 
Bakley just days before her brutal 

Ross explained to students that 

on occasion, evidence that may 

have been beneficial to a client's 

defense may 

trial process he 
often develops 
a relationship 
with the client 
and their 


He worked 
with Scott 
Peterson and 
his family 

for an extended amount of 
time during his murder trial, 
and consequently developed a 
friendly relationship with them. 

Ross acted as one of Jackson's 
defense attorney's during his 
trial stemming from child abuse 
allegations. He shared pictures 
from the interior of Jackson's 
home and floor plans of his 
3,000 square-foot master suite 
that were utilized by the defense 
during his trial. 

"The system is not always 
designed to work fairly," he 
said. Ross discussed various 
ways that the media may taint 
cases through sensationalized 
journalism or outlandish book 

Ross spent a great deal of 
time investigating the Blake 
murder case. He used this case 
to illustrate the importance of 
securing a crime scene. 

He revealed photos never before 

"A criminal defense is 
based on the weakness 
of the prosecution." 

— Scott Ross 

be overlooked 

or mishandled 

during the 


often due to 

the lack of 


and attention to 


He discussed 

the facts that during the Blake 

case, the crime scene (Blake's car) 

was corrupted by paramedics and 

others who entered the car in an 

attempt to help the victim. 

Ross used many aerial and police 
photos to help those in attendance 
understand the logistics of cases 
he discussed. 

"You would be amazed how 
many murder cases go unsolved," 
he said. 

"Students shoifld be aware 
that the system of justice does 
not always work smoothly and 
in criminal cases everyone has a 
right to a quality defense," said Dr. 
Robert Meadows, a professor of 
criminal justice. 

He explained that Ross' 

extensive knowledge and expertise 
along with years of experience as 
an investigator for a well-known 
law firm make him a great source 
for students to draw knowledge 

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Photo by Nathan Hoyt 
Local law enforcement agencies speak to criminal justice majors. 

Criminal justice 
majors hear panel 
talk of future plans 

By Dana Blackburn 
Echo Staff Writer 

Criminal justice panel members 
from the local community's law 
enforcement agencies explored 
the rewards of work in their 
respective fields as they spoke at 
the Professional Development Day 
for criminal justice students on 

The panel shared information 
concerning choosing a career 
path, interning, how to get hired, 
background processes and first 

Panel members included 
Deputy Stephen Egnatchik, Drug 
Recognition Expert for the Ventura 
County Sheriff's Department, Mari 
Carpenter, Supervising Deputy 
Probation Officer for Ventura 
County Probation Agency, Eric 
Sonstegard, Professional Standards 
Division Commander for the 
Oxnard Police Department, David 
Freihon, Special Agent for the 
Federal Bureau of Investigations; 
and Gregory W. Brose, Senior 
Deputy District Attorney for the 
Ventura County District Attorney's 

"This event allows students to ask 
questions specific to their situation 
and gain insider knowledge," said 
Deanna Rodriguez, president of 
Alpha Phi Sigma-Chi Lambda 
and the Criminal Justice Student 

CLU second-generation graduate, 
Sonstegard, explained that a career 
in the law enforcement field can 

"I've never found my 
job to be boring, there is 
always something new 
coming up." 

— Gregory W. Brose 

be very rewarding because you 
get the opportunity to make an 
improvement in the lives of many. 

He is a huge advocate for higher 
education and told students that 
he realized he wanted a career in 
criminal justice during his first 
semester at CLU. 

With 22 years of FBI experience 
under his belt, Freihon shared 

insight on what types of students 
will excel in law enforcement 
He shared stories of his thrilling 
experiences of traveling world wide 
as an FBI agent 

"Nothing is better than this gig, 
plus you're helping people," Freihon 

Carpenter shared her insight as a 
probation officer. She is committed 
to helping people better their lives. 

She shows her support to clients 
in a variety of ways including 
taking high risk-children to a Lakers 
basketball game. 

"You can only give people the 
tools, they have to make changes 
themselves," she said. 

As a CLU student, Egnatchik 
shared the lengthy hiring process 
that many criminal justice majors 
will experience during their job 
search. He explained that the 
experience can be stressful for many 
but the payoff is long lasting. 

Egnatchik recommended that 
any student interested in law 
enforcement participate in ride- 
alongs to gain some firsthand 

Brose shared the details behind 
his career at the Ventura County 
District Attorney's Office.'TVe never 
found my job to be boring," he said. 
"There is always something new 
coming up." 

Career Services shared information 
with students about future 
employment opportunities and 
strategies. They were in attendance 
to help criminal justice majors learn 
what they can do with their major, 
how to write effective resumes, how 
to find internships and conducting a 
proactive job search. 

"There are many opportunities 
out there for this major and there are 
many people willing to help them 
accomplish their goals," said Cindy 
Lewis, director of career services. 
.She explained the importance of 
criminal justice majors starting early 
with the hiring process, since it tends 
to be rather long and drawn out due 
to extensive background checks and 

Professional Development Day 
was hosted by Alpha Phi Sigma, The 
National Criminal Justice Honor 
Society, and the Criminal Justice 
Student Association. 

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Around the Campus 



November 19 



November 20 



November 2 1 



November 22 

International Chapel Service 

10 a.m. Samuelson Chapel 

World Fair 

5 p.m. Pavilion 

Wisdom of Men Panel Discussion 

7:30 p.m. Overton Hall 

On Thanksgiving ©ay, 
all oV£r flm^rica, 
families sit down to 
dinner at the same 
moment — halftime." 
"•Author Unknown 

American Scandinavian 
Foundation Lecture Series 

7:30 p.m. Roth Nelson Room 

Wind and Jazz Ensembles 

8 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

Kingsmen Basketball vs. 
La Sierra 

7:30 p.m. Gilbert Arena 



November 23 


November 24 



November 25 

Next week on campus 


Family Activism for Regional 
Community Problem-Solving 

4 p.m Lundring Events Center 

Time for 

Thanks and 












I .These are the people that you eat 
Thanksgiving dinner with. 

3. Celebrated the last Thursday in 

5. Thanksgiving was first celebrated 
at , Massachusetts. 

6. Vegetable at first Thanksgiving. 

7.This pie is a Thanksgiving favorite. 

1 3. You gather at Thanksgiving to 
give . 


2.The ship the Pilgrims sailed 

to the New World on. 
4. You can find this inside of a 

Thanksgiving turkey. 

8. People who sailed on the 

9. People who befriended the 

I O.Thanksgiving month. 

1 1 . Sport enjoyed on Thanksgiving. 

1 2. A meat served on Thanksgiving 

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Impro v : Funny without a script 

Photo by Rachel Wolf 
Senior Dan Perkins reacts during one of the games at the Nov. 13 improve 
show. The last two improv shows of the semester will be on Dec. 4 and 11. 

By Ashley Soukup 
Echo Staff Writer 

The Improv Group of 
California Lutheran University 
brings laughs to students every 
other Thursday at 1 1 p.m. at the 
Preus-Brandt Forum. 

Improvisation (improv for 
short) is a form of entertainment 
where the members play games 
which force them to think "on- 
the-spot" and act out certain 
scenes. The results are often very 
amusing and downright funny. 

"Making people laugh," Improv 
member Ryan Capriccio said, 
is just one inspiration when 
members take to the stage. 

Another inspiration is 

trying not to intentionally say 
something funny because the 
audience will not laugh. 

Having a lot of energy on stage 
helps. "Drink a lot of caffeine," 
Dan Perkins said. 

One of the games that the 
group plays is called "cat-call" 
where the members of the group 
act like construction workers 
who make "cat-calls" at people 
walking by. 

The members of the audience 
fill out pieces of paper with the 
subjects of the cat-calls according 
to a given topic. 

One night the topic was animals 
and the audience provided the 
type of animal for the improv 
group to make into "cat-calls." 

In one of the other games a 
member of the improv group is 
selected by the audience to leave 
the room, and the other members 
are assigned a characteristic or 

When the first member 
rejoins the group they act out 
a scene and he tries to guess 
the characteristic or flaw of the 
other members. This is very 
entertaining for the audience, 
which cheers the member on as 
he or she gets close to guessing 
the answer. 

The members of CLU's Improv 
Group make decisions as to what 
games they are going to play 
every time. 

The "We-ness" in the group 
is very important. During 
tryouts, they look for potential 
members that will get along with 

"We are truly brothers and 
sisters," Improv member Chelsea 
Brown said. 

Some of the Improv Group 
members are friends and 
roommates. Each member brings 
their own flair as they come 
together to perform for students. 

Members of the CLU Improv 
Group will graduate and move 
on with their lives. Brown and 
Perkins will graduate in May of 

"Once someone leaves, they 
become an immediate legend," 
Perkins said. Brown is going 
to audition for Second City in 

An alumni improv group, may 
be a possibility one member said 
but, right now they are just not 

Theater people are not the 
only ones that go to improv 
performances. Students from 
all majors come to these 

Auditions for CLU's Improv 
Group for next semester will 
be held in January. The group 
has thought about making a 
Facebook group for fans. 

The CLU Improv group has 
been on campus for more than 
eight years. There is also an 
Improv class that meets on 
Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. 

Students who need a break 
from school work can come to 
improv to forget about life for an 
hour and laugh. 

The last two Improv shows of 
the semester are on Dec. 4 and 
Dec. 11. 

Former running back now M.D. 

By Elicia Hildreth 
Echo Staff Writer 

An example that California 
Lutheran University has a proven 
track record and that its alumni 
go on to lead productive and 
very successful careers is Dr. 
Tracy Downs. 

Downs attended CLU from 
1984-88 and earned his Bachelor 
of Science in biology. 

He moved on to UC San Diego 
to receive his M.D. 

While attending CLU he played 
running back for the Kingsmen 
football team and started all four 

In 1988, CLU was a National 
Association of Intercollegiate 
Athletics Division II institution 
and faced strong opponents. 

His team never made the 
playoffs, but Downs really 
enjoyed the team camaraderie 
and the student-athlete 


He made some great friends 
and had a fun time traveling with 
the football program. 

One of his teammates and 
roommates, Noel Chestnut, 
became one of his best friends. 

"He is a great person, who is 
open to other people," Chestnut 
said of Downs. 

He also ran on the track team 


for a season to stay in and get in 
better shape for football. 

Down's experience at CLU was 

"I learned a lot 
from being an 
athlete, but also 
learned that you 
have more time 
to develop. At 
CLU you have 
the opportunity 
to make some 
great connections that you 
always keep," he said. 

Although sports were the 
reason that he came to CLU, he 
wanted the ability to do a lot of 
things while in school. 

He was involved in drama 
productions and sports. 

"There's something special 
about smaller universities. You 
(the student) can be more than 
one dimensional," Downs said. 

Chestnut also had a good 
experience while attending CLU. 
"It was a great experience. 
I enjoyed the small campus 
environment. I am very excited 
to see that it has grown and 
changed since I have been there," 
Chestnut said. 

CLU was a great fit for Downs. 
"It was the perfect size for me. 

As a science major it's good 
for the one-on-one experience," 

he said. 

After CLU he moved to San 
Diego where he still lives today. 

Downs is now a professor at 
UCSD in the school of medicine. 

He is also a surgeon, and 
teaches urology. 

He studies cancers and works 
on prostate, kidney, bladder and 
other forms of cancer. 

Downs also trains groups 
of doctors and enjoys doing 
research in his field. 

He has his own practice and 
teaches interns, students and 
doctors and gives them hands-on 
experiences during surgery. 

Downs didn't have a lot of 
negative things to say about 
CLU, except for the cafeteria. 

"Believe it or not, you guys are 
very fortunate now then how it 
was back then," he said. Downs 
also said that he wished that CLU 
had fraternities and sororities. 

"Thousand Oaks is Thousand 
Oaks; you choose California 
Lutheran because of its location; 
it's not L.A. or any other big city," 
he said. 

He also suggests that if a college 
has those things that are similar 
to larger institutions, a small 
college might lose the small 
"family" feel. 

While being on staff at UCSD, 
he recognizes and appreciates the 

buildings within the campus and 
wishes that CLU had those same 
building atmospheres. 

The bookstore at UCSD as a 
coffee shop and places to sit and 
read, but it isn't as intense as the 

He feels that other universities 
should have somewhere else to 
go besides the library to study. 

When made aware of the plans 
to build a new Student Union 

Building he was excited to hear 
that CLU is moving forward. 

Although Downs has a very 
busy life he has been able to fit 
in some time for a family. He 
and his wife Lisa met while in 
graduate school and now have 
been married for sixteen years. 

Together they have a son 
Jonathan, who is -now 7 years 



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The 2008 Fall Peer Advisors pose during Orientation Week after painting the CLU rocks. 

Peer Advisors 
help new students 
with transitions 

By Natasha Spiroff 
Echo Staff Writer 

The "freshman 15," academic 
requirements, fitting in, "living 
with a roommate, financial 
responsibility and social life. 
These are just some of the worries 
that students have before coming 
to California Lutheran University, 
either as freshmen or as transfer 
students. Luckily at CLU, each 
new student has somebody that 
they can turn to for answers from 
day one: their Peer Advisor. 

According to the Peer Advisor 
application, the program is aimed 
at assisting in the transition of 
incoming students and providing 
support on a personal, social and 
academic level to freshmen and 
transfer students. 

"The best part about being a 
Peer Advisor is the ability to give 
back to my peer students what was 
given to me as a freshman," Peer 
Advisor Ashley Beasley said. 

Each winter, the selection 
process begins. CLU students 
from all different social groups are 
encouraged to apply. 

"The number one thing that we 
try to do is not to have someone 
that 'fits the mold'," said Kristin 
Price, assistant director of Student 
Life. "We don't want to have a 
mold, we want all different types 
of people because there are so 
many different types of students 
that we have to serve." 

Each student that applies has a 
different motivation for wanting 
to be a Peer Advisor. 

"My Peer Advisor really inspired 

me to become a Peer Advisor," 
Beasley said. "I was really 
homesick and felt out of place 
and basically I just didn't want to 
be here. But she really encouraged 
me to get involved and to stick it 

Peer Advisor Ashley Ramos 
enjoyed the orientation process 
and wanted to be able to help 
other students. 

"I wanted to help people find 
what they need on this campus" 
Ramos said. 

The application process involves 
completing a paper application, 
participating in a group process 
session and then, if offered, a final 
interview with members of the 
Student Life staff and the student 
orientation coordinators. 

Once selected, the Peer Advisors 
participate in a spring training 
session and are given instructions 
for summer. 

During the summer, Peer 
Advisors are responsible for 
reading the selected book for the 
summer reading program, keeping 
in contact with their faculty/ 
administrative mentor team, and 
initiating communication with 
their peer students and their 

Before the new students arrive 
on campus for New Student 
Orientation, Peer Advisors are 
required to complete a week-long 
training program. 

"My favorite part of the Peer 
Advisor program is training," 
Price said. "Coming back early, 
being so busy and so active really 
brings students together in a very 

unique way. 

During training the Peer Advisors 
take place in various sessions 
and activities that help prepare 
them for orientation as well as 
the academic year. "Training 
is invigorating, energizing and 
exciting," Price said. 

Peer Advisors play a very 
important role during New 
Student Orientation. Many times, 
they are some of the first people 
that new students and their 
families interact with on their first 
day at CLU. 

"Orientation is great," 

Ramos said. "There is a lot of 

The Peer Advisors continue to be 
engaged with their peer students 
during the academic year through 
their freshman seminar course, 
which is exclusively for freshman 
students, and various peer group 

"I have really enjoyed hanging 
out with my peer students outside 
of the classroom," Ramos said. 

The Peer Advisor application 
will be available in the SUB at the 
beginning of January and will be 
due on Feb. 9. 

"We are looking for confident 
people who can think on their 
feet," Price said. "We look for 
the potential in people. We 
don't expect them to be stellar, 
outstanding Peer Advisors when 
chosen; there is always room to 

Students with questions can 
contact Price or attend one of the 
three info sessions being offered 
in January and February. 

November 19, 2008 


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Movie Review: 

' Quantum of Solace ' 

Bond is back for revenge 

"The name's Bond, James Bond." But wait, where 
was that legendary line in this new Bond film? This 
year's installment in the James Bond franchise is 
unlike any Bond film before. There is no phrase such 
as "Bond, James Bond" or the "shaken, not stirred" 
martini references uttered throughout the movie, 
like Bond lovers have come to expect. 

Instead,"Quantum of Solace" presents the audience 
with another side of James Bond, a side that is full of 
anger and focused on revenge. 

Daniel Craig reprises his 
role as the 007 agent working 
for the MI6 organization. 
This time around Bond is 
seeking revenge for the death 
of Vesper Lynd, his lover who 
gave her life at the end of the 
last movie, "Casino Royale." 
It's the first time a James Bond 
movie begins exactly where the 
previous film ended. 

Using the creative talents of 
first time Bond director Marc 
Forster, this film is given new 
direction in comparison to its 
predecessors. The action scenes 
are filmed with precision and 
each chase and punch is so 
precise that it seems it could 
be real. It's no wonder that 
Craig was actually injured on 
set, during a fight scene that 
ended with a few stitches to 
his face. 

However, throughout the 
film, hidden behind all the 
action and explosions, is a plot that never seems to 
develop or even hold a major place in the story line. 
You think the plot is going to be about Mr. White, 
whom Bond has captured in the beginning of the 
movie. But once he escapes and M (Judi Dench), 
the director of MI6 is shot at, the plot goes in a 
completely different direction. 

After the film's opening the story quickly moves 

"Follow the crowd. . . you 
be the judge!" 




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By Scott Beebe 

Movie Critic 

from the rollover plot we were left with from 
"Casino Royale" to a political battle. The audience is 
left with a lot of unanswered questions and quickly 
begins to want to ask more as they are bombarded 
with the idea of an eco-friendly organization called 
Green Earth that is seemingly on the hunt for oil in 
Bolivia, South Africa. 

Craig is solidifying his spot as one of the best 007 
agents of all-time with his hard nose and his "I 
won't take crap from anyone" 
attitude. It's hard to compare 
each Bond actor because each 
role requires a different type of 
acting. Craig is by far standing 
above all as the toughest 007 

Craig's Bond is a completely 
new entity with his niche 
for killing everyone, 

including people who have 
vital intelligence to his 
investigations. In a way, Bond 
has become a rogue agent, 
always looking for a way to 
get his revenge and fulfill his 
hidden vendettas. 

"Quantum of Solace" will 
keep you intrigued from the 
first high-speed chase all the 
way to the last moving scene. 
Its action scenes are sure to 
keep even the most hard to 
reach audiences on their toes, 
paying attention. 

But when it comes to 
enjoying a story line or 
having your many questions answered about what 
"Quantum of Solace" is or whatever happened to 
Mr. White, -we can only hope to find those answers 
next time around. 

Everyone is not always who they seem to be in 
respect to an action movie, so I would suggest you 
keep your friends close, but keep your enemies even 

Wallace gets plugged in at CLU 

By Pedro Gonzalez 

and Carly Robertson 
Special to The Echo 

Starting college can be both 
exhilarating and nerve-racking. 
Transition from high school to 
college can be rough, but, even 
as a freshman, Amanda Wallace 
was eager to get "plugged in" to 
California Lutheran University. 

As a freshman she was inspired by 
her peer advisors, Kelli Garretson 
and Kristina Victoria. Now a peer 
advisor herself, she hopes to instill 
a bit of her knowledge in her 

To ensure a smooth transition, 
Wallace highly suggests getting 
involved on campus. 

Her array of extracurricular 
activities includes the CLU Choir, 
peer advising and ASCLU-G, but 
her true passion lies on stage. 

"Don't go into things blindly- 
know who you are," she said. "You 
really have to explore, and this is 
the time to do that." 

One of the first things that drew 
her to the CLU campus was the 

student government program, 
Even with theatre at the top of 

Bher list, Wallace 
was determined 
to make a diverse 
group of friends 
and encounter 
experiences out 
of her comfort 
Wallace c , . . , 

She joined 

ASCLU-G Programs Board 
because of its goal to provide free, 
yet diverse events for students on 

"It's like weekly party planning," 
she said. 

Wallace has been active in a 
choral group since second grade. 
So the CLU Choir was a must-join 
for her and she has been grateful 
for the relationships she has built 

Wallace stays busy and has a lot to 
juggle. At one point this semester 
she said she had five different play 
scripts in her school bag. 

It has been vital for Wallace to 
remain focused on her ambitions 

so she can maintain some type of 

An oudet for her is to attend 
plays on Broadway. 

A recent favorite for Wallace is 
"Spring Awakening" which she 
described as moving. 

"I can empathize with the 
characters. My goal is to affect 
others the same way," she said. 

Wallace admitted that she would 
like to have more free time for her 
theatre major. However, she is 
still appreciative of the humbling 
experiences that come with her 

"I just think in 20 years I want 
to look back and have such rich 
stories to tell people," she said. "It 
gives you so much more life." 

After college she hopes to 
combine acting and community 
service. Amnesty International, 
the economic, cultural and social 
rights group, is one of her top 
choices for service. 

Wallace stressed that branching 
out can prevent students from 
getting too comfortable in our 
small community. 


What should Campus Quotes 
be in the future?" 

"What's your favorite 

thing to eat in the 


Luci Lapp 

"What's your favorite 
thing to do in your 
free time?" 

Allena Williamson 

"What inspired you 
to come to CLU?" 

Amber McGaw 

"How many classes 
do you actually go to 
each week?" 

Elizabeth Pohl 

"What is the best 

way to break up with 


Matt Lewis 

California Lutheran University 


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November 19,2008 

Humans are not for sale 


Letters to the Editor 

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Did you know that in 2007 
slave traders made more money 
than Nike, Google and Starbucks 
combined? Chances 
are you didn't. 

I, in fact, had no 
idea that human 
trafficking takes place 
everywhere in the 
world, including the 
U.S. It is estimated 
that there are more 
than 200,000 people 
enslaved in America. 

Until I met Amy 

Brown, the president 

of Not For Sale 
at CLU, I was unaware that 
human slavery even happened 
in America. I was also unaware 
that there are 27 million people 
enslaved worldwide, more than 
at the peak of the African slave 

So how does this happen in a 
modern world where everyone's 
basic human rights should be 
protected? Unfortunately we 
all know the answer to this 
question: while our country 
and the entire world have taken 
strides to ensure everyone, 

Candice Cerro 
Editor in Chief 

regardless of race, gender or 

religion, the most basic human 

rights, many groups are being 

denied these rights 

every day. 

So what does 
human trafficking 
look like exactly? It 
is the fastest-growing 
criminal industry in 
the world in which 
people are bought 
and sold solely 
for the purpose of 

They are coerced 

into labor or sexual 
exploitation, 80 percent of slaves 
are women and 50 percent are 

One million children are forced 
to work in the sex industry every 
day and in the minute it has 
taken you to read up to this point 
of my article, two more children 
have been forced into slavery. 

The average price of a slave is 
only $90. Who is allowed to put 
a price on a human life and why 
is it happening every day? 

If your response was the same 
as mine, upon finding out 

some of these statistics, you are 
horrified. I feel everyone should 
be called to action in being 
part of the change to eradicate 
human slavery once and for all. 

If you are wondering what you 
can do, fear not. I will offer a 
few ideas for how you personally 
can help free human slaves. 

First, visit 
You can learn more about the 
national organization, donate and 
learn about joining the movement. 

Next, join the CLU chapter of 
Not For Sale. 

It is a new club on campus that 
is already extremely active; to 

People are coerced 
into labor or sexual 
exploitation, 80 percent 
of slaves are women and 
50 percent are children. 

join this club contact Amy Brown 

Want to make a difference 
right away though? If so, you 
could go see the "rockumentary" 

Call+Response. The movie 
features Madeleine Albright, 
Ashley Judd, Daryl Hannah and 
many more. 

These stars discuss the realities 
of human trafficking today 
while they are accompanied 
by performances by Natasha 
Bedingfield, Moby, Matisyahu, 
Switchfoot and more. 

Catch this movie tomorrow, at 
Laemmle Monica 4-Plex at 1332 
Second St. in Santa Monica. 
Show times are 1 p.m., 3:15, 5: 
30 and 7:45. Or you could go 
with a CLU group to the 7:45 
p.m. showing and meet in .the 
SUB at 6 o'clock. 

To sign up to go with the 
group from CLU, look for 
Call+Response on the calendar 
of events on CLU's Community 
Service Center Web site. 

It is important to remember 
that none of us are for sale, so 
help be part of the change. 

I'll leave you with a final quote 
from Call+Response by Dr. 
Cornel West: "...justice is what 
love looks like in public." 

Stand up and fight for equal 

Vanity vs. sanity 

Is America too 
concerned about 
body image? 

We are the beautiful people. We live 
amidst the Los Angeles world where 
all boys are 6-feet-4 and the girls are 
glowing with a summer tan all year 
long. Right? 

Wrong. While 

the media portrays 
California, more 

specifically* Southern 
California and Los 
Angeles, as a haven 
for all of the "beautiful 
people," regular 

students cannot live up 
to these unattainable Kristin 
standards of beauty. Gilman 

Living in the 

surrounding areas of 
Los Angeles has shaped our campus 
environment here at California 
Lutheran University. 

This struggle for an unattainable 
standard of beauty fosters a negative 
body image. Our personal body 
image is how we perceive our 
bodies visually and our sense of how 
other, people view our bodies. It is 
dangerous when this image becomes 

CLU students are particularly 
susceptible to feeling these societal 
pressures based on the environment 
we live in. 

As young people, we are told that 

these "beautiful people" are the 
norm. When comparing ourselves 
to these standards, it is no surprise 
that we feel unhappy with our bodies 
for being so different When we 
fail to measure up, we have failed 
to accomplish something that is 
portrayed as very simple. 

It is unfortunate that in toda/s 
society thinness or muscularity is 
directly associated with 
beauty, popularity and 
success, while obesity is 
associated with lack of 
self control, weakness 
or laziness. Thin and 
obese are no longer used 
as words to describe a 
physical character trait, 
they are now used to 
suggest psychological and 
moral characteristics of a 


Some studies have 
shown that 50 to 60 percent of 
college students have disordered- 
eating patterns. I know I am one 
of them. I try to diet, limiting my 
starchy-carbohydrate consumption 
for a couple days, then I end up in 
front of the microwave at 10 p.m. 
waiting for my Bagel Bites to be ready 
to devour. 

Eighty-five percent of college 
females believe that they are either 
slightly or seriously overweight 
Seventy-four percent of the normal- 
weight women, in a study conducted 
on a college campus, stated that 
they thought about their weight 


"all the time" or 


As women in the LA world, we 
are expected to be supermodels. 
Unfortunately, the body of an average 
fashion model is achievable by only 3 
to 5 percent of the population. 

This is not just exclusive to women, 
men feel the pressure too. The ideal 
that the media and our culture has 
for men is just as unattainable as 
the image women are expected to 
adhere to. 

The obsession that numerous 
students, men and women, feel 
toward their bodies, ultimately leads 
to discontent 

A negative body image can result in 
extreme dieting, exercise compulsion, 
laxative abuse, vomiting, smoking, 
eating disorders and use of anabolic 

CLU students do not have to deal 
with these issues alone. As usual CLU 
offers numerous helpful pages on 
their Web sites in regards to body 
image and eating disorders. 

However, I think it is more 
important to recognize the pressure 
we are under as students of this 

Ultimately you cannot change your 
body type and comparing yourself to 
others is a futile endeavor. 

Love your body, if we were suppose 
to look the same we would have been 
made that way. 

CLU is full of beautiful people we 
merely have to learn to appreciate 
them all equally. 

Registration woes 

By Jordan Ott 
Echo Staff Writer 

What ever happened to the 
old-fashioned-way of signing up 
for classes? It seems as if we are 
constandy at a struggle to use 
new technology in every aspect 
of schooling. Yes, sure there are a 
lot of good things involved with 
technology but has anybody ever 
stopped to look at the negative 

All around California Lutheran 
University's campus you will see 
modern technology such as new 
computers in the library, WebCT 

Granted, we do talk 
to our advisers, but 
I would feel more confi- 
dent about my decisions 
if they were there with 
me through out the [reg- 
istration] process. 

and even our new registration 

"I hate how we have to do 
everything with computers 
these days rather than face-to- 
face interaction," said senior 
Landon Smith. 

I remember just three years ago 
this was not an option? It seems 
daily I'm faced with a computer 
screen instead of a person. 

Smith later said that he can't 
believe how fast the world of 
education is changing. It is a 

very scary thought when you 
think about the power that 
computers have in today's world. 
This whole phenomenon leaves 
me with the question: how far 
is too far? 

It's hard to imagine what 
my children will be doing with 

While signing up for the spring 
semester I was faced with a few 

Granted, we do talk to our 
advisers, but I would feel more 
confident about my decisions 
if they were there with me 
throughout the process. 

A few times I thought I was 
signed up for a class, but little did 
I know I had to continue another 
step further that almost caused 
me to miss out on a mandatory 
class for next semester. 

Smith has been a four-year 
student at CLU seeing all the 
technological advances being 
made on campus. 

"Sure most advances will 
benefit the students although 
there are some things that 
should just remain the same," 
said Smith. 

In my opinion, signing up tor 
classes should be one of them. 

I just feel our schools and 
world are going to run into some 
future problems sooner than we 
think. The world is constandy 
moving to better itself. 

I'm scared and excited to see 
where it takes us. 

November 19, 2008 


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Preaching Politics 

Missy Bain 

Imagine that you are sitting in 
church on a Sunday morning 
listening to either your preacher, 
priest, pastor, reverend, 
rabbi, etcetera, speak 
during the sermon. 

At first it is just the 
usual slightly interesting 
stories with Bible verses 
sprinkled inside, but then 
it turns into something 

All of a sudden the leader 
of your congregation 
starts preaching politics, 
telling you who or what to 
vote for or against. 

Even though you may agree or 
disagree you don't really think twice 
about it, as anyone has the right to 
free speech, right? Wrong! 

Most churches are tax-exempt, 
non-profit organizations. 

This helps to ensure that the 
government stays out of the 
church and abides one of our First 
Amendment rights: separation 
between church and state. 

Without this tax-exemption, many 
churches would be unable to afford 
to keep running or offer community 
and social services like homeless 
shelters and food banks that so many 
people have come to rely oa 

However, as much as the 
government should stay out of the 
church, so should the church stay 
out of the government 

a non-profit organization, these 
organizations are allowed to educate 
individuals about certain political 
issues, but are not 
allowed to advocate or 
encourage a position on 
any issue. 

I don't know about 
you, but I can think 
about plenty of times 
when this law has been 
disregarded by the 

The first and biggest 
one that comes to mind 
is with the Mormon LDS 
church and its position on Proposition 
8, although many churches in the U.S. 
also openly supported one presidential 
candidate over another. 

Members of the LDS church gave 
millions of dollars to the Prop. 8 
campaign and encouraged people to 
vote yes. 

The only problem is, these churches 
are supposed to be tax-exempt, non- 
profit organizations which mean this 
sort of action is most definitely not 

Of course any leader of any church 
accused of this sort of action will claim 
their rights of free speech under the 
First Amendment This is fine by me, 
however, if a church would like to 
remain tax-exempt then they need to 
follow the rules set forth by the IRS in 
order to receive that exemption. 
If preaching positions on candidates 

In fact, as part of the rules of being or propositions is more important 

to a certain church than being tax- 
exempt then let them say what they 
want and pay their taxes just like 
everyone else. 

A classmate of mine had done some 
research on this issue and she repriced 
that most Americans, including 
clergy, agreed in the IRS' rules, stating 
that it upheld the separation between 
church and state. 

Any clergy who defies this law is 
breaking the rules and should not 
benefit from taxpayer dollars. I most 
certainly do not want any of my tax 
dollars being spent on a 'Yes on 8' 
campaign, and they shouldn't be. 

I believe that if a church would like 
to take and advocate a position on 
a political Issue, then they should 
be able to, but they should not be 
considered a non-profit, tax exempt 

The IRS agrees and has put laws 
and rules in place to discourage such 
actions, yet clergy still defiantly break 

I strongly believe that the LDS 
church needs to be stripped of its tax- 
exempt status and punished to the 
full extent of the law. Using the pulpit 
to preach politics is wrong and unfair 
to those congregation members who 
believe anything different 

A church should be community of 
all different people with similar faith 
values coming together in worship, 
not a divided political machine. 

We have too many of those 

A time to be thankful 


Thanksgiving is upon us again 

and soon families across America 

will be sprawled in their living 

rooms, idly watching the Arizona 

Cardinals lose to the 

Philadelphia Eagles 

while sniffing the aroma 

from a massive turkey 

roasting in the kitchen. 
I love Thanksgiving. It 

happens to be one of my 

favorite holidays. Sure, I 

love Christmas too, but 

Thanksgiving is one of 

the only holidays that 

doesn't revolve around 

shopping frenzies. 
Thanksgiving is the 

only holiday that gives time for our 

families to gather, give thanks and 
cherish the fortunes that we are so 
lucky to have; something that we 
usually take for granted. 

For many people, Thanksgiving 
is really about giving thanks, but 
it's easy to forget that part of the 

We have a lot to give thanks for, 
as a country, and even more to be 
thankful for, as students. 

As college students, we are so 
grateful for turkey and sleep, yet in 
our own way, we can appreciate this 
time more than a lot of people. 

We are all so busy with classes, 
tests, projects, sports and 
extracurricular activities, so, with 
this kind of schedule, two or three 
minutes of ' reflection is most 
definitely a luxury. 

This is why Thanksgiving break is 
so highly anticipated. 

Yes, turkey and football are 

enjoyable during a semester of 

constant deadlines and frantic 

activity and who wouldn't welcome a 

few days of stuffing our 

faces and mindlessly 

watching television? 

However, I believe 
students appreciate 
something more about 
Thanksgiving, besides 
not having to get up 
early to make it to class 
on time. 

For a lot of students, 

Thanksgiving really is 

a time to reflect on life, 

especially in a world 

that seems to demand more and 

more of our time. 

Sure, the initial meaning of 
Thanksgiving is a historical affair. 

Any elementary school child could 
tell you about the pilgrims, the 
Native Americans and so forth. 

We all know the true meaning of 
Thanksgiving and how it originated, 
and although history holds the 
richest level of importance for any 
holiday, it's the traditions that matter 
the most. 

To me, Thanksgiving is a time to 
gather with those I love and spend 
some time discussing things that 
bring us together. 

It's the one time of the year most 
of us actually get to sit down and eat 
with our families, and even use the 
good china. 

It is a time to acknowledge the 
good things of life, and to forget 
about the daily stresses and duties 

and focus on the things that truly 
matter the most, such as family. 

It is a time to forget strife and 
struggle, a time to cast off the 
negativity and bitterness and a 
time to celebrate what is worth 

Unlike any other holiday, 
Thanksgiving doesn't require any 
material items. 

We don't need to give someone 
something to show how much we 
care, nor do we feel the need to buy 
into tacky decorations to fulfill a 
sense of spirit on such a holiday. 

Thanksgiving must be the most 
relaxed national holiday of the 

What could be more satisfying 
than stuffing your face with 
turkeys, mashed potatoes and 
pumpkin pie? 

What could be more enjoyable 
than watching the game on the 
couch or catching the Macy's 
Thanksgiving Day Parade? 

What's more comforting than 
being at home? 

It is hard to imagine people more 
blessed than we are. 

We truly are blessed to have such 
a bounty of resources otherwise 
unavailable and unimaginable to 
most in the world. 

This is something worth 

Ultimately, I love Thanksgiving 
because it celebrates the things that 
money can't buy. 

I hope all of you have a wonderful 
and joyous day with your families. 

Emancipation procrastination: 
the end of year slump issue 

By Leslie Richman 
Echo Staff Writer 

It's one in the morning and I 
find myself starting to have a 
panic attack. I have seven hours 
until I need to turn in a paper 
and it looks like I'll be pulling the 
dreaded "all-nighter." 

I'm sure many of you have 
been in this predicament before, 
waiting until the very last minute 
to do your assignment for your 
class the next day. 

I don't recommend this, but 
unfortunately I'm finding myself 
in these procrastinating situations 
more and more. 

I know the exact reason why. It's 
all because I only have two more 
semesters until I am a California 
Lutheran University graduate. 

Only a few steps away from the 
finish line, graduation that is, and 
now more than ever I'm finding 
myself lacking motivation. 

Why do students begin to slack 
toward the end of the semester, 
and what are some ways the 
college can help to keep students 
motivated during this time? 

I think students begin to lack 
motivation toward the end of the 
semester for many reasons. We're 
burnt out, we're tired and we're 

However, that still is no excuse 
to throw your grade in the toilet 
because all you want is that 
anticipated winter, spring or 
summer vacation. 

I also think students begin to let 
their minds wander during the 
last few weeks of classes because 
relaxation is right around the 

The last few weeks of classes 
are crucial to our success in our 

At the times when we are 
supposed to be concentrating the 

hardest on our courses, we rarely 
concentrate at all. 

One way for a college to help 
keep students motivated in their 
courses is to adopt what I like to 
call the "summer school routine." 

Summer school courses are 
much shorter than your average 
semester courses, but with a 
downfall that a ton of information 
is jam-packed into eleven weeks. 

I think if professors made the 
beginning of the course more 
strenuous, more material would 
be covered sooner, ultimately 

Whenever I'm 
lacking mo- 
tivation toward the 
end of the year, talk- 
ing to friends helps 
me realize that many 
of us feel the same- 
leaving more "free-time" toward 
the end of the semester when 
students minds start fading out. 

The possibility of a student 
"support group" on campus is 
another way for students to help 
.one another stay positive and 
upbeat all the way until the last 
day of school. 

I know whenever I'm feeling 
tired or lacking motivation 
toward the end of my courses, 
. talking to friends helps me realize 
that many of us feel the same way 
and that I'm not the only one who 
feels like I'm slipping. 

As the end of the semester is 
rapidly approaching, I encourage 
everyone to stay afloat and to not 
get discouraged with this stressful 

I know that walking out of the 
classroom on the last day of the 
year, knowing you worked your 
hardest, is a much better feeling 
than walking out feeling like you 
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November 19, 2008 

Eyes on the SCIAC prize 

Six returners 
look to capture a 
conference title 

Photo by Doug Barnett 
Aaron Fisher, 23, led the Kingstnen past the Afghanistan National team. 

By Jackson Damron 

Echo Staff Writer 

A home loss in the SCIAC 
tournament left the Kingsmen's 
stomachs turning as they were 
upset by Pomona-Pitzer in the 
semifinals. However, that was 
then, and this year the California 
Lutheran University men's 
basketball team is re-energized, 
re-fueled and ready to go. 

During the 2007-08 season the 
Kingsmen finished with an overall 
record of 2 1 -5 and earned a share 
of the SCIAC championship with 
a conference record of 1 1-3. 

CLU plays on Saturday, at home 
against the University of La 
Sierra's Golden Eagles. Tip-off 
will be at 7:30 p.m. 

CLU only graduated three 
seniors last year, Deshion Inniss, 
Chad Acerboni and Brandon 
Tussy, but is only returning six 
players from last year's team. 
Looking to make up for the loss 
in personnel will be six true 

Coming from as far away as 
South Carolina and from as close 
as Ventura, the freshmen will look 

to have an immediate impact on 
the 2008-09 season. 

"We're going to need 
consistency from our returners," 
said assistant coach Geoff Dains. 
"On any given night one of our 
freshmen will need to step up to 
give us a chance to win." 

Dains added that the SCIAC 
will be very competitive this 
year, but CLU will be in the thick 
of the hunt, looking for back-to- 
back titles. 

On a team without seniors, the 
leadership roles have fallen onto 
the shoulders of juniors Kyle 
Knudsen and Andy Meier. 

Knudsen, a 6-foot-3 shooting 
guard from Tualatin, Ore. led the 
Kingsmen in three-point field 
goals with 44 while averaging 
just under 10 points per game. 
Knudsen also led the Kingsmen 
in free-throw percentage (86.8 
percent) and also had 29 steals. 

Meier, a 6-foot-7 forward 
from Parker, Colo, became just 
the fourth player in CLU men's 
basketball history to earn back- 
to-back first team honors and is 
the first to do it since 2003. 

He led the Kingsmen scoring 
attack with 330 total points and 
averaging 14.3 points per game 
ranking him third in conference. 

He was also among the SCIAC 
top- 10 list with 7.7 rebounds per 
game (2nd) and a .543 field goal 

percentage (third). 

"I'm excited for this year 
because we have a bunch of new 
players," Meier said. "It's going 
to be fun to watch us gel as the 
season goes on." 

With the help of returning 
sophomores Greg Grimm and 
Aaron Fisher the Kingsmen are 
poised to make another run at 
the SCIAC title. 

"The SCIAC is always 
competitive, but other schools 
lost players just like we did," 
said Knudsen. "We look to be 
fighting for another SCIAC 
championship at the end of the 

This year the Kingsmen will 
be playing in three tournaments 
along with traveling to Honolulu 
to participate in the Surf's Up 

CLU also hosts the Thrivent 
Financial for Lutherans 

Tournament and will take part 
in the La Verne Classic in early 

Last weekend the Kingsmen 
had exhibition games against 
Cal State Northridge and the 
Afghanistan National team. 
CLU dropped its game Friday at 
Northridge, an NCAA Division 
I team, 73-62, and took care of 
business at home on Saturday 
night beating the team from 
Afghanistan 87-63. 

A new coach and a fresh start 

By Nicole Flanary 
Echo Staff Writer 

The Regals basketball team has 
made substantial changes while 
gearing up for the 2008-2009 

CLU plays their first game of 
the season on Saturday against 
Cal State East Bay in the Gilbert 

Last year, the Regals' record was 
13-12, and they made it to their 
first-ever SCIAC tournament 
finishing in fourth place. 

"The team is very excited about 
this upcoming season and for 
games to get started. I'm excited 
about our pre-season games and 
tournaments against top NCAA 
Division III schools in their 
conference to get us ready for 
season and SCIAC," sophomore 
Kourtney Jones said. 

Last season, the Regals graduated 
All-SCIAC guard Mary Placido, 
but .are confident that new 
additions to the roster will help fill 
the void. 

One substantial newcomer to the 
Regals 2008-09 squad is coach Roy 

Dow comes to CLU after 
coaching fellow-SCIAC team, the 

Caltech Beavers for six seasons. 
He also previously coached at 
his alma mater Colby College as 
well as Chaminade University and 
Wheaton College. 

"The new coach has brought 
a lot to the program. He is very 
excited for this year, and his 
excitement is rubbing off," junior 
Nita Sims said. "His style of play 
is very different from what the 
Regals have been doing for the 
last few years. There is a lot of 
freedom as well as a huge demand 
to play harder than we have 
before. This should help our team 
be very successful." 

In addition to the arrival of a 
new coach, the Regals have added 
several impressive freshmen and a 

"We have a very young team, a 
lot of incoming freshmen, only 
two seniors and four juniors," 
Jones said. "But our team captains, 
myself, Cheryl Lee and a transfer 
junior Kelsey Paopao are looking 
to contribute a lot to the team and 
step it up in each game." 

The newcomers are working 
well with the returners to 
improve in every aspect of the 
game, concentrating not just on 
technique, but on increasing their 

strength and endurance outside of 
official practices. 

"Our focus this year is 
conditioning," Sims said. "We have 
a lot more pressure to be in good 
shape than we have in the last two 
years that I have been here. The 
extra emphasis on strength training 
will be a huge part of our success 
this year." 

The Regals' practices have also 
been significandy extended with 
the players putting in two to 
three hours a day to ensure they 
are as prepared as can be for the 
upcoming season. 

"Our team goal centers around 
continuing to push ourselves in 
every aspect of the game in order 
to not only reach our potential, but 
also to be as successful as possible," 
Sims said. "Everyone is putting 
in a large commitment to play, 
so in order to benefit as much as 
possible, we must all continue to 
improve both our individual and 
team game." 

CLU's women's basketball 
team realizes that hard work and 
dedication are the keys to success. 
They also have realized that changes 
in personnel and improvements on- 
and-off the court aren't necessarily 
a bad thing either. 

Photo by Desiree D'Anenzo 
Freshman Shana Moore prepares for the season opener on Nov. 22. 

November 19, 2008 


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The season to believe ends 

La Veme spoils 
Elite Eight 
dreams for CLU 

By Jeff Chaney 
Echo Staff Writer 

"Believe" was the motto of the 
California Lutheran University 
volleyball team going into their 
first regional match against 
powerhouse Cal State East Bay. 
The Regals knew that if they 
unanimously had no doubt 
about a win, victory was theirs. 

In the championship round, 
CLU faced SC1AC rival La 
Verne, who beat them twice in 
regular season play. 

The Regals took the first set 
25-20 against La Verne, who 
committed 10 attack errors and 
hit only .036 while sophomore 
Megan Thorpe and junior Cori 
Hayes hit .304 and combined 
for nine kills. 

In the second set, the Leopards 
came from behind and closed 
out the second set 25-21 despite 
sophomore Allison Kerr hitting 
.455 in the set. 

Cal Lutheran dropped the 
third set 25-20. 

The fourth set looked as if it 
was going to the Regals after 
a series of back and forth 
points, and they came up with 
a few key blocks and an ace 
to go up 25-24. However, the 
offense became inept as they 
committed three attack errors 
and a service error, eventually 
dropping the set 26-28 and 
match 1-3. 

Previously, Cal Lutheran swept 
a tough regional opponent in 
Cal State East Bay. 

"We took East Bay in three, we 
held to momentum the entire 
game, and never doubted one 
second," Thorpe said. 

Sweeping the Pioneers 
was a step forward in the 
Regals volleyball program. 

Photo by Scott Chisholm 
A group of CLU fans traveled to La Verne to cheer on their Regals in the Regional final on Saturday. 

Cal Lutheran controlled the 
momentum from start to finish 
in all three games. 

In games of such proportion, 

Coach Roesel reminded her 

players to have fun and that 

their best game performances 

'have yet to come. 

"She told us that we were 
going to have to take our 
playing in to second gear if we 
were going to win this match," 
sophomore Allison Kerr said. 

In the first set, the Regals built 
a 5-1 lead, and even stretched 
it to a 13-6 lead before the 
Pioneers crawled back to within 
two before Thorpe slammed 
her fourth kill of the match to 
put CLU ahead 25-22. 

"I remember thinking to 
myself, "OK, one point at a time, 
just play Cal Lu volleyball,' 

senior Lindsey Benson said. 

The Regals were tied 6-6 in 
the second match, and then 
eventually pulled away from 
the Pioneers thanks to a 9- 
3 run from Thorpe, senior 
Summer Plante-Newman, and 
Kerr to end the match again at 

"Our teams momentum 
for the first two matches was 
indescribable. We just kept 
rolling with the punches and 
nothing phased us," Benson 

In the third set neither team 
led by more than two points 
as the game was tied up 18-18. 
Setter Benson dished out the 
final seven straight points. 

East Bay was attempting to 
control CLU's momentum by 
using both of their timeouts, 

but the Regals still believed, 
without a doubt that this was 
their game. 

"The main factor in the 
victory over East Bay was 
believing in each other even 
when it started to get tough," 
Thorpe said. 

Four different Regals had 
eight or more kills in the game, 
with Kerr's nine kills leading 
the way following her 12 kills 
in the victory the day before 
against Puget Sound. 

Thorpe and sophomore Erin 
Exline each had eight kills 
and combined to hit a .429 
clip (16K-1E-35TA). Plante- 
Newman also had eight kills 
and also led all players with 
18 digs helping the Regals 
maintain an errorless serve 
receive game. 

2008 Season 

•Summer Plante-Newman 
breaks CLU all-time aces 
record (132 by Liz Marti- 
nez), with 175 aces in her 

•Lindsey Benson ties Tracy 
Little for third in CLU all- 
time aces with 127. 

•Summer Plante-Newman 
breaks the CLU all-time 
kills record (1,055 by Sally 
Jahraus) at the Wild West 
Shootout hosted by CSU 
East Bay. Plante-Newman 
has 1,144 kills in her career. 

•Lindsey Benson reaches 
fourth place in the CLU re- 
cordbook in all-time assists 
with 2,080. 

•Allison Kerr and Lindsey 
Benson are selected to the 
2008 West Regional All 
Tournament team. 

•CLU lands a record five 
players on the all-SCLAC 
team. Erin Exline, Allison 
Kerr, Cori Hayes, Lindsey 
Benson and Summer Plan- 
te- Newman were honored 
with the selections. 

•The Regals amassed 24 
victories, the most since 
1995, and fourth most all- 

(accurate as of Nov. 14) 

Sport Schedules 








East Bay 
5:00 p.m. 




La Sierra 
7:30 p.m. 






@ Redlands 








@ Redlands 


Shade denotes home game. * Conference Game. 

Photo by Scott Chisholm 
Allison Kerr, 21, led the Regals in kills in the sweep against East Bay. 

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November 19, 2008 

No. 1 Redlands dethroned 

After an amaz- 
ing upset, CLU 
finishes third 

By Nicole Jacobsen 

Echo Staff Writer 

Playing in the SCIAC 
championship game wasn't 
expected by the California Lutheran 
University men's water polo team 
this year. 

The Kingsmen hosted the 
conference tournament at the 
Samuelson Aquatic Center this past 
weekend and were defeated by the 
Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens 9-12. 

"I don't think the team thought 
we would make it this far," junior 
Jordan Bouey said. "We had it in the 
back of our minds but it was hard 
to actually comprehend that this is 
how we would finish." 

The Kingsmen were trailing 
early in the second quarter 1-3 but 
goals from junior Matt Heagy and 
sophomore Wesley Lewis tied the 

On four separate occasions Cal 
Lutheran came within two goals 
trailing 4-6, 6-8, 8-10 and finally 9- 
1 1 with only 1:05 left to play. 

Cal Lutheran defeated University 
of Redlands, ranked No. 1 in NCAA 
Division III, 13 a ' in the nation 
(including NCAA Division I) and 
undefeated in SCIAC play, Saturday 
afternoon in a 13-11 victory after 
beating Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 
the previous day with a score of 

"We were confident going into the 
Redlands game," Heagy said. "We 
had been playing extremely well as a 
team going into the tournament." 

Jeff Chaney and Heagy each had 
five goals to help defeat University 
of Redlands and Bouey had 11 
saves in the goal and a total of 22 in 
tournament play. 

The conference tournament didn't 
change the Kingsmens preparation 
though. They kept the same 
mentality and work ethic while still 
living in the moment 

"We just relaxed and had fun with 
it," Heagy said. 

The men didn't feel like they'd 

Photo by Scott Chisholm 
Jordan Bouey and Matt Heagy led the Kingsmen to 3rd place in SCIAC. 

done anything differently than they 
normally do in preparing for the 
tournament, but they noticed that 
their intensity level was higher than 
"We basically did everything we 

normally do for games except this 
time we were way more focused," 
Lewis said. "We knew we had to 
make a run at something great" 

Even with the upsetting loss 
against the Sagehens, the Kingsmen 

proved hard work, a positive attitude 
and a calm demeanor can take you a 
long way. 

"We were all pretty relaxed for 
today's game," Lewis said. "Coach 
(Craig) Rond told us to smile and 
have fun and enjoy the moment, so 
we did. In the middle of the game he 
would stop and tell us to smile." 

With the season at a close, the 
Kingsmen look back on the year 
with their heads held high and with 
high hopes for next season. 

"The team was a little disappointed 
but we had an amazing year," Heagy 
said. "I couldn't ask for better 
teammates. They were amazing. At 
the end of the day I was happy with 
all that we achieved." 

The Kingsmen finished the season 
as SCIAC tournament runner-ups 
and third overall with 11 points. 
This was the highest conference 
finish for the Kingsmen, the most 
wins in a single season (14), most 
SCIAC wins (6), first winning record 
in six seasons, longest win streak in 
school history (6) and the Kingsmen 
defeated their highest ranked 
opponent ever ( Redlands- 13 th ). 

Fit and fun 

By Krystle Van Deusen 
Echo Staff Writer 

Having fun and staying fit, what 
two better things could you ask 
for? The Intramural Sports at 
California Lutheran University 
offer both at the same time. 

The CLU Intramural program 
offers several different leagues 
for students, faculty and staff to 
compete in each semester. The 
program has seen a great increase 
in participants this semester with 
the majority of turnouts coming 
from the co-ed volleyball and 
indoor soccer leagues. 

"I saw a lot of teams come out 
for indoor soccer this semester. We 
had to use two different courts to 
allow all the teams to play," referee 
Sawyer Merrill said. "Some of the 
teams are really competitive and 
have really good players and others 
are just out there playing for their 
first time." 

A wiffle ball tournament was set 
up for the students on Saturday. 
Three teams signed up, but only 
one was ready to play. 

"We will see if there is a 
possibility to put together another 
tournament next semester during 
the week to get a better turn out," 
intramural intern Scott Beebe 

The multi-fall intramural sports 
will begin their playoffs after 
Thanksgiving. Softball, volleyball, 
dodgeball and indoor soccer 
comprise the fall semester sports. 

Finals are right around the 
corner, and for a little study break, 
a Wii bowling tournament is set up 
on Dec. 14 in the Grace lounge. 

Preparation for spring league 
signups is in progress. For the 
spring semester intertube water 
polo, co-ed basketball, flag football 
and small-sided outdoor soccer 

will be offered. Ultimate frisbee 
will also be introduced as a new 
intramural sport at CLU. 

"I played football growing up 
and then stopped to focus on 
basketball, so I like that I can go 
back and play intramural football 
for fun," Kingsmen basketball 
player Kyle Knudsen said. "My 
teammates for flag football all 
play a sport for CLU so we have 
that competitive nature, and hate 
to lose. Our team went undefeated 
last year and won the playoffs." 

Along with this, there is also 
going to be a 3-on-3 basketball 
league this year which should get a 
lot of attention from the students. 

The second annual Kingsmen 
shootout will be held next semester. 
The Kingsmen shootout is a 5-on- 
5 basketball tournament which 
held five different universities last 

"I love to play all the intramural 
sports; I play volleyball, flag 
football, indoor soccer, dodgeball, 
kickball and basketball," senior 
Kelly Balch said. "It's a great way 
to meet new people and I just 
feel almost like a family with my 
teammates. Intramurals are the 
way to go if you just want to have 
a good time and don't want to play 

The intramural program 
includes league games and single- 
day tournaments along with other 
aspects such as outdoor recreation 
trips. These trips consist of rock- 
climbing, hiking, snowboarding, 
surfing and many other outdoor 

The next upcoming recreation 
trip is Dec. 5-7 at Joshua Tree 
National Park. 

The trip consists of three days 
and two nights of camping, hiking, 
rock-climbing and bowling in 
Yucca Valley. 

Cal Lutheran Intramural Sports introduces... 

Intramural League Bowling 

Tuesday nights for 8 weeks starting in 
February at Harley's Simi Bowl 

For the first 20 individuals that signup, the cost is $44. The regular price is 
$64. Costs are per person. This provides you with 8 weeks of bowling, 3 
games each night as well as your shoes. Teams are co-ed and have a total 
of 4 bowlers. Overall team winners will be determined as well as the most 

outstanding individual male and female bowler. Signups are available 
online at http: / 
registration.php . If you want any further information please contact Clark 

at ccrippsftf . 

The Echo 

California Lutheran University 

December 3, 2008 

The brain 
and why God 
won't go away 

By Dana Blackburn 

Echo Staff Writer 

This year's Harold Stoner Clark speaker 
explained the connections between the 
brain and religious traditions and beliefs 
on Monday in the Samuelson Chapel. 

Andrew Newburg, M.D., is a current 
staff physician at the hospital of the 
University of Pennsylvania and Director 
of the University of Pennsylvania Center 
for Spirituality and the Mind. 

He has studied the relationship between 
religion and the brain in various clinical 
and research atmospheres. 

During his first lecture of the day, "Why 
God Won't Go Away," Newburg explained 
that our brain uses beliefs to make sense 
of the world around us. 

He gave a brief overview of the brain's 
structures and functions. 

"All parts of the brain function together 
as an integrated whole," he said. 

Science attempts to pinpoint 

Our brain uses myths all the time 
to explain and understand the world. 
The word myth does not imply that 
something is false. 

Myths unite opposites like good 
and bad or right and wrong to solve 

During his clinical 
research with Tibetan 

Buddhists, Newburg 

observed the effects 

of meditation on the 

brain through an 

intricate brain imaging 

He explained that 

meditation begins 

with a brief feeling of arousal, followed 

by an increased sense of bliss, followed 

by a diminished sense of self and 

total absorption into the object of 

"It was very interesting to hear the 

actual effects that religion has on the 

human brain," Lauren Puopolo, a junior 

at CLU said. 
"Science and religion are necessary to 

"The brain in many 
ways is a belief machine 
because it has to be." 

— Andrew Newburg 

understand the totality of the universe," 
Newburg said. 

In his second lecture, "Why We Believe 
What We Believe," Newburg discussed 
where our beliefs come from and why 
they are important. 

"Beliefs have an impact on virtually 
every aspect of our lives," he said. 

Newburg defines a belief as biologically 
and physiologically as any perception, 
cognition, emotion or memory which 
a person consciously or unconsciously 
assumes to be true. 

He explained that our beliefs are 
strongly influenced by other individuals 
we interact with throughout our lives. 

Cognition helps us to find the "proof" 
in our beliefs. 

We use cognition to create and maintain 
our belief systems. 

Newburg explained that when people 
who speak in tongues have their brain 
images studied, there is a noticeable drop 
in frontal lobe activity due to the fact 
that the subject is surrendering himself. 

"The brain in many Ways is a belief 
machine because it has to be," he said. 

Newburg explained the physiological 

aspect of beliefs with the phrase "neurons 

that fire together wire together." 

The more that particular 

neurotransmitter paths 

are used, the stronger 

they become. 

Thus the more we 
practice traditions and 
rituals of our religion or 
beliefs, the stronger the 
beliefs will become. 

He explained that 
beliefs make us who we 
are and are the essence 
of our being. 

Newburg is the author and co-author of 
several books that explore the connection 
between neuroscience and spiritual 
experience including: "Born to Believe: 
God, Science, and the Origin of Ordinary 
and Extraordinary Belief," "Why God 
Won't Go Away: Brain, Science, and the 
Biology of Belief," and "The Mythical 
Mind: Probing the Biology of Belief." 

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Andrew Newburg, M.D., speaks to students in the Samuelson Chapel. 

Photo by Doug Barnett 

Medieval manuscripts impact 
Iceland's national identity 

By Gigi Arjomand 
Echo Staff Writer 

On Friday Nov. 21, during a lecture 
speech, the audience learned about 
medieval times literature and why two old 
and moldy, unfinished books have come 
to be known as the national treasure of 

University of California Berkeley 
graduate student Elisabeth Ward- 
Hightower spoke about ancient Icelandic 
sagas and manuscripts and their value 
and meaning in relevance to the Icelandic 
national identity. 

"Literature has the unique ability to 
make you feel connected with people 
you've never met," said Ward-Hightower. 

"Writing a Nation-Icelandic manuscripts 
and Icelandic identity" as she named her 
composition of research and data, start's 
by explaining to the listeners the concept 
of identity and the segments it can be 
divided into, one of them being a person's 
national identity. 

Ward-Hightower clarified her 

understanding of how these books have 
come to play such a prominent role in the 
national Icelandic heritage supporting her 
ideas with extracts, footage and pictures 
illustrating how a country's literature can 

carry their heritage, unifying people with 
their ancestors. 

"Literature defines our identity," said 
Lana Lundin, an attendee and member of 
the American Scandinavian Foundation of 
Thousand Oaks. 

"We had a book club in the Scandinavian 
Center and Icelandic sagas was one of the 
topics we discussed." 

Ward-Hightower is not only interested in 
Icelandic literature but also has a personal 
connection to the topic as she is half- 
American, half-Icelandic and has visited 
the island many times. 

"I started spending my summers there 
when I was younger. All my friends 
returned from their vacations and summer 
holidays all tanned, while I was pale as a 
ghost," she said. 

Ward-Hightower specializes in the Viking 
period and also does museum consultation 
work, including having worked on the 
Smithsonian exhibit "Vikings: The North 
Atlantic Saga." 

The audience who mainly consisted of 
members of the American Scandinavian 
Foundation of Thousand Oaks focused 
its questions mainly on the state of the 
Icelandic economy. 

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CLU's national diversity 
seen at chapel service 

By Amanda Lovett 
Echo Staff Writer 

In honor of the students 
representing 40 of the world's 
nations the International Chapel 
Service on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 
at California Lutheran University 
several students shared personal 
stories of global experiences. 

Sponsored by the Multicultural 
Center on camp'us, both students 
from abroad and students who 
have studied abroad remarked 
on how their experiences have 
changed their lives. 

Flavia May, graduate student 
'09, came to Cal Lutheran from 
Switzerland to study clinical 
psychology and also attended 
Harvard Medical School before 
returning to Cal Lutheran for 
graduate study. 

She commented on the growing 
international interest and the 
strong community feeling at CLU 
compared to other places around 
the world. 

"Here at CLU, everything is 
possible. Just ask for help and you 
will get it," May said. "All you have 
to do is follow your dreams." 

A flag parade was presented, 
with a representation of all 40 
countries that represent the 
international community at 
CLU, both studying abroad and 

Students came from all over, 
including Australia, Canada, 

European countries, Asia, Africa, 
Russia and Mexico. 

Kaila Hochhalter studied abroad 
in London during her junior year, 
and reminisced on her time spent 
with her friends, remarking that 
the one thing she remembers 
most about her time there were 
"deep theological discussions" 
and her experiences visiting the 
famous churches of Europe. 

She told the story of her trip to 
Italy and the Vatican where her 
friend said that she did not wish 
to visit the Vatican because it was 
"just another church." 

"The love of God was 
overpowering," Hochhalter said. 
"I pretended to be Catholic when 
I needed God the most," in order 
to visit the holy cathedrals. 

Hochhalter also elaborated on 
her deep theological discussions 
with her friends of different 
beliefs, sharing the conclusion of 
the incidents. 

"We all find what works best to 
get us through the world we live 
in," she said. 

Representing Vietnam, Khoa 
Nguyen said that by coming to 
the United States and California 
Lutheran University she has 
"learned to be open, to listen 
and share" in the experiences of a 
different culture. 

Having studied abroad with 
Semester at Sea, "visiting 
countries that represent over 
half the population of the entire 

world," senior Roberta Gaugert 
expressed the emotions and the 
learning experience of her 100 
days traveling the globe. 

Among the places she visited, 
Egypt stood out in her mind 
as one of her many favorite 

"I went snorkeling in the Red 
Sea and then hiked Mt. Sinai in 
the same day," she said. 

"Visiting the Ganges River 
in Varanasi was the most 
overwhelming emotion I've 
ever had in my entire life," 
Gaugert said, as she described 
her experience in the Indian 
holy land. "My senses were 
overpowering. There's no way to 
explain in words how that really 

Semester at Sea consists 
of visiting countries on the 
continents of Europe, Asia and 
Africa, while studying in between 
ports on a ship. 

Gaugert elaborated on how 
the learning experience from 
visiting the different places far 
outstretched the number of hours 
spent in the ship classrooms 
during travel time. 

"My eyes were open more 
during my time abroad more 
than my entire life combined," 
Gaugert said. 

For more information about 
studyingabroad and international 
studies, contact or visit the Study 
Abroad Center here on campus. - 

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Food & cultures from 
all nations presented 
at World Fair 

By Jennifer Tholse 
Echo Staff Writer 

The Multicultural and 

International Center along with 
the Study Abroad center and the 
Asian club arranged for the yearly 
World Fair to take place "at the 
pavilion at California Lutheran 
University on Nov. 19. 

Sophomore Kristen Luna, is 
one of the Multicultural and 
International Programs assistants 
and has been working on putting 
this event together since October. 

"We will have food, music, 
entertainment, crafts and 
celebrate many diverse cultures," 
she said. 

Attendees were able to 
make bracelets with powerful 
meanings, get hair braids from 
Ethiopia, have their names 
written in Chinese, paint maracas 
from South America, color a dala 
horse from Scandinavia, get 
henna tattoos from India and 
make paper-folding art named 
Origami from Japan followed by 
jumping into a fat man's suit to 
be a sumo wresder. The pavilion 
was filled with students to enjoy 
all of the cultural entertainment. 

Junior Dennis Twumasi said mat 
he felt at home when watching 
the African man that stepped on 
glass. He also loved the fact that 
they had information available 
regarding options of studying 

He explained that he had been 
interested in studying one of his 
semesters in either Australfa or 
London and got a chance to pick 
up some useful information. 

"I learned to Hula Hula dance 
with the" pretty ladies. That was 
awesome." "This is one of the best 
events here at CLU I definitely 
must say," Twumasi said. 

At the Rwanda table the 
president of the Action Abroad 
club, senior Melissa Harbison, 

was present to inform students of 
their options of volunteering. She 
explained that they are gearing 
toward sending a small team of 
students to Uganda and Rwanda 
next summer to volunteer. Their 
club will help students afford the 
airfare by fundraising. 

"We just want students to know 
that this is happening and that 
they can become a part of this 
project to better the life in Africa," 
she said. 

Another goal their club has is 
to fund raise $1,000 to build a 
school in Africa since the kids 
currently are in tents. 

Besides trying out all different 
cultures' crafts and gathering 
information about studying 
abroad, diverse cultural 

entertainment was held and food 
from around the globe was given 

Senior Chassan Castro was 
enjoying himself at the event. 

"I like this, it is so mixed and 
five's a more different perspective 
and culture. I have learned things 
like Thai Chi and Belly Dancing. 
The food is great, I liked the 
hummus and pita the most," he 

Senior Billy Doherty also had a 
good time. 

"This is pretty cool. There is a 
lot of people here and a lot of 
different performances, which 
is fun to watch. I really liked the 
belly-dancing girl she was very 
attractive," Doherty said. 

"Overall it is really good and 
really fun to learn about different 
cultures. I also enjoy watching 
the slideshow, it is fun to see the 
different pretty pictures of places 
around the world." 

Angela Rowley, assistant of the 
Multicultural and International 
Programs said that she was happy 
with how the event turned out 
and is looking forward to next 
years events. 

Photo by Nathan Hoyt 
A Hula Hula dancer performs in front of students at the pavilion. 

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Photo by Nathan Hoyt 

Chris Kajtor moderates a panel of six men on the subject of wisdom of men. 

Panel discusses life without 
fathers and the wisdom of men 

key to Iceland's 

Continued from page 1 

Although faced with questions 
not pertaining to her topic, Ward- 
Hightower engaged in answering, 
though not from a professional 

After the lecture, everyone was 
encouraged by the Vice President 
of the ASF, Anita Londgren, to 
"stick around and linger, have 
coffee, tea or water and get to 
know the others." 

Anita, who is married to Richard 
Londgren, another essential 
member of the ASF is proud of 
the community found in the ASF. 

However, they expressed an 
aim to attract more students and 
young people to the ASF. 

"The younger ones are just as 
interested in their heritage but 
they just don't have the time," said 
Ward-Hightower of the topic. 

One member of the ASF 
discovered a bloodline of royalty 
when she traced her relatives and 

"My genealogy has been traced 
back to King Harold of Norway 
in year 800 A.D.," said Elda 

"Its important to know your 
history and the records in 
Scandinavia are so amazingly 

The ASF will continue their 
Lecture Series in 2009 but their 
most recent upcoming event will 
be a "Santa Lucia" celebration in 
the Chapel on the Dec. 10. 

By Kelsey Bonesteel 

Echo Staff Writer 

CLU students had the 
opportunity to have any question 
answered at the Wisdom of Men 
lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 19. 

A panel of six men, organized 
and moderated by Chris Kajtor, 
a dedicated helper of students, 
was present to answer questions 
students had about life and the 
responsibilities of becoming a 
mature man or woman. 

Kajtor handpicked each 
member of the panel because 
they each played an important 
role in his life. Dr. Gregory 
Sawyer is currently the Vice 
President for Student Affairs at 
CSU Channel Islands. 

During the panel discussion 
he spoke of the difficulties of 
growing up without a father; 
Sawyer's father died of a heart 
attack when he was a young teen. 

He discussed his new-found 
motivation from losing his 
father and felt the obligation to 
continue his father's teachings. 

Foxx Jantz was another 
influential person in Kajtor's 
life. He fills the role of a coach, a 
businessman, a husband, a father 
and also a mentor to Kajtor. 
Jantz was responsible for raising 
himself and finding the meaning 
of manhood. 

Coach Foxx has been the 
reason many of his players are 
"better men." "Love is the most 
important factor in team work 
and success is not measured by 
the number of points on a score 
board but by the type of person 
you become in life," Jantz said. 

Also included in the panel was 
William Bersley, head of the 
Philosophy department here at 
CLU. He has helped CLU shape 
the Philosophy of Becoming a 

Man course. 

"Without the love, courage and 
passion of Dr. Bersley, CLU would 
not be the place it is today," said 
Kajtor. Struggling with inner 
turmoil, Bersley has overcome 
his anger and rage; results of his 
relationship with his father. 

After being forced to talk about 
his emotions and express them 
in ways other than rage, he was 
able to open more doors in his 

Michael DeMartini was also 
included in the discussion and 
has taught at various schools 
including: Crespi Carmelite High 
School, California Lutheran 
University, Central City School 
for Values and a "charter school in 
downtown Los Angeles. 

His mission is to help improve 
the school systems and help the 

One of his former students 
was in -the audience and thariked 
DeMartini for everything he did 
for the school. 

Along with educator David Doyle 
and former Ventura County CEO 
johnny Johnston, each influential 
man shared his professional and 
personal experiences that helped 
him become the man he is today. 

Those who attended the event 
were able to ask open-ended 
questions and receive advice. 
Most questions revolved around 
their f.) i .*rs and the relationships 
each man had with them. The 
men tailed about the life lessons 
they were taught and lessons they 
had to tea.h themselves. 

Each attendee was able to leave 
with at least a few questions 
answered. These men were able 
to promote introspective thinking 
and send individuals to find a 
path to become the person they 
want to be. 

Injustice in Truth 

By Matthew Railla 
Special to The Echo 

Everyone gets caught in bad 
situations at some point in their life, 
but for four boys from Agoura Hills, 
one bad situation quickly turned into 
a nightmare. 

Seven boys were involved in an 
incident in 1995 that left Jimmy 
Farris dead and his friend, Michael 
McLoren, with multiple stab wounds. 

Jason and Micah Holland, Brandon 
Hein and Anthony Miliottd were all 
charged with first degree murder 
and sentenced to life in prison 
without possibility of parole. They 
were sentenced under the felony 
murder rule because the murder 
was committed during the course of 
a felony. 

Christopher Velardo, who was 
the driver of the truck, was not 
involved in the fight and pled guilty 
to manslaughter and was sentenced 
to 15 years. 

Jason Holland confessed to stabbing 
Farris after a brawl had ensued inside 
McLoren s fort. The Holland brothers, 
Hein and Miliotti, were all involved in 
the fight, apparently over McLoren's 
stash of marijuana that he was known 
to deal to the neighborhood lads. 

This incident was presented at the 
Lundring Events Center at California 
Lutheran University on Nov. 18. A 
film, "Reckless Indifference," directed 
by William Gazedri and a panel 
comprised of Dr. Robert Meadows, 
chair and professor of criminal justice 
Dr. Helen Lim, assistant professor of 
criminal justice, Ken Witz, defense 
attorney and Gene Hein, the father 
of Brandon Hein was assembled to 

The film tells the story of this event 
and the prosecution team that had an 
agenda for putting these four boys 
behind bars for life. 

The father of Farris was a homicide 
detective and was in contact with the 
judge during the trial. This gave the 
impression that he was doing favors 
for the judge and pushing for the 
maximum sentence for the boys 

The case was full of underlying 
accusations and assumptions. 

"There was nothing stolen, they 
made them out to be a pack of wolves," 
said Gene Hein, who was appalled at 
the prosecution for assuming his son 
and the others were a violent gang. 
"My son was doing what he shouldn't 
have been doing that day, but he 
didn't kill anyone," he added 

The downfall for the defense was 
the fact that the four boys had a 
name for their gang, but they weren't 
a street gang like those seen on 
television. They were a group of kids 
who grew up together in the same 

Lim pointed out that society is to 
blame for this kind of reaction to what 
appears to be a case of manslaughter. 

"We are balancing individual rights 
and the community's safety," she 
said. "We are moving toward interest 
of community and the safety of 
the victim. Americans want a safe 

Gene Hein continues to fight for his 
son's freedom today and is proud of 
his son who has been in jail for over 
13 years. 

"He's. not comfortable in prison, 
but he is doing well He got his 
GED and finished two classes at 
Indiana University. I'm very proud of 
Brandon," he said 

"Good topic to throw at the 
public to create awareness," said Dr. 
Meadows who organized the event 

"Our views of justice are narrow 
and this is a good venue to expand 
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Corporate Leaders Breakfast 
Series: Michael Towbes 

7:30 a.m. Lundring Events Center 

The Need: Cinemania 

10:15 p.m. SUB 

Christmas Festival Concert 

8 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

Celebration of K wanzaa 

10 a.m. Lundring Events Center 

Holiday Parent Reception & 
Christmas Festival Concert 

6 p.m. Pearson Library 



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Next week on campus 

Las Posados 

7 p.m. SUB 

"Be glad of life because it 
gives you the chance to 
love and to work and to 
play and to look up at 
the stars. " 

-Henry Van Dyke 

Hanukkah Celebration 

4:30 p.m. SUB 


Santa Lucia 
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December 10 

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Photo by Doug Barnett 
Jeremy Kays (Right) preforms with his band the Taradactyles. They placed second in the event. 

Club Lu recreates Woodstock 

Under the Influence wins for the second year in a row 

By Megan Hindman 

Echo Staff Writer 

California Lutheran University 
revisited the popular 1969 
Woodstock festival with Club Lu's 
loud music, crowd surfing and 
candy that fell from the sky. 

Clustock, CLU's own version 
of Woodstock, was held Friday, 
Nov. 21, in the Gilbert Sports 
and Fitness Center. Nine bands 
performed at the event with 
a surprise performance from 
Amanda Wallace, the host for the 

"I loved seeing a sampling of 
what people are doing musically 
on campus," said senior Scott 
Smith. "There was a lot of energy 
that night." 

The performances were judged 
according to their musicality, 
creativity, showmanship and 
relation to the audience. 

Ron and Magdalana Teichmann, 
Spanish professors at CLU, acted 
as judges. 

Originally, the Teichmann's 
vote was planned to account for 
50 percent of the judging along 
with a 50 percent popular vote. 
Unfortunately, due to tampering 
with the ballots, the popular vote 
had to be discarded. 

The band People placed third, 
earning 100 dollars. Taradactyles 
placed second receiving 200 dollars 
and Under the Influence placed 
first for the second year in a row, 
receiving 300 dollars. 

"A lot of the groups that are just 
starting were very good, but it takes 
time to develop that cohesion that 
they [Under the Influence] had" 
said the Teichmanns. 

The band, now in its seventh year 
playing together has remained 
undefeated throughout the 10 
competition-based concerts they 

Photo by Doug Barnett 
Junior Trace Ronning preformed as a solo act at this year's Clustock. 

have participated in. 

"It's always a huge compliment 
to us when we win. We're always 
a little self-conscious when we 
write our own songs. It's nice when 
other people enjoy our music," said 
senior Scott Kolarik, drummer for 
Under the Influence. 

Other band members include 
Andrew Fausel, lead vocalist and 
guitar, Kyle Kinsey, keyboard, Brett 
Kolarik, backup vocalist and bass 
player, and the newest member to 
the group David Camou, guitar 
and backup vocalist. 

Fausel and Kinsey are both 
sophomores at the University of 
Redlands, Kolarik is a junior at 
California State University San 
Bernardino, and Camou is a junior 
at Chaffey College. 

"They're a well-practiced band 
with a well-defined style and that 
shows in their performances," said 

The band has now played 
alongside other groups such as 

Three pays Grace and Starting 
Line and have began to write their 
own songs. 

"At first we wanted to get signed, 
but we've realized it's bigger than 
that. Now we just want to play for a 
wide audience," Kolarik said. 

The band's unique name, 
Under the Influence, stems 
from Ephesians 5:18: Do not get 
drunk on wine, which leads to 
debauchery. Instead, be fiDed with 
the Spirit. 

"Basically everyone is under 
the influence of something. We 
are under the influence of our 
music," Kolarik said. "Our message 
basically is not to be under the 
influence of things in this world 
but under the influence of things 

The band is scheduled to perform 
next in the SUB at the first Need of 
the spring semester. 

For more information on Under the 
Influence, visit 
undertheinfluence . 

CLU students 
donate 2,627 
meals to 
Kids' Caf 

By Ashley Soukup 
Echo Staff Writer 

California Lutheran students, 
in the spirit of Thanksgiving, 
donated meals in the Kids' Caf 
food drive that took place from 
Nov. 19 to Nov. 25. 

Since 2004, the Kids' Caf program 
has been at CLU. The program, 
sponsored by the Community 
Service Center and Sodexho, 
allows students to donate their 
meals from Thanksgiving break to 
local charities. 

This year 536 students donated 
to Kids' Caf and a total of 2,627 
meals were donated to Food Share 
of Ventura County. 

"The first day of Kids' Caf, I 
made my goal," Community 
Service Center Intern 

Briana Aleman said. "My goal was 
500 participants. Everyone here at 
the Community Service Center is 
super excited and proud of the 
generous donations CLU students 
showed this week." 

Students signed up in front of 
the cafeteria and Centrum for 
the number of meals they wanted 
to give. The meals were given a 
dollar amount and then a total 
dollar amount was donated to 
FOOD Share, which is a member 
of America's Second Harvest, the 
national network of food banks 
and a member of the California 
Association of Food Banks. 

The money given to FOOD 
Share is used for their Snack 
Attack- Program. According to 
the FOOD Share Web site "FOOD 

Share supplies healthy after-school 
and summer program snacks to an 
average of 2,100 children a day at 
13 Snack Attack sites throughout 
Ventura County." 

"[I] think that's great," said 
Debbie Cullen, Catering and Food 
Services Manager. "Students are 
very generous." 

This year's increase in meal 
donations is partly due to the 
fact that this was the first year 
that Sodexho allowed students to 
donate five meals. 

"Credit goes to ASCLU- 
G because some members 
volunteered an hour each day," 
Aleman said. 

The sign-up sheets were set out 
on tables in front of the Caf and 
Centrum for four hours each day 
of the drive. 

The Kids' Caf program "targets 
hunger locally, especially during 
the holiday season. It is very 
important," Aleman said. 

The Community Service Center 
at CLU provides an opportunity 
for CLU students to participate 
in various community service 

"(I have) been in private school 
for four years of high school. 
They do stuff like this. It's great," 
freshman Breanna Arnold said. 

The CSC's mission is to provide 
an environment and programs that 
promote leadership, social justice, 
responsibility, understanding and 
an appreciation of differences 
through opportunities to 
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Wards balance family and work 

By Elicia Hildreth 
Echo Staff Writer 

While some people think that working 
with your significant other can be draining 
and difficult, Matthew and Mitzi Ward 
enjoy working and seeing each other 
throughout the day. 

Matthew and Mitzi met at the University 
of Wyoming and traveled to the University 
of Miami together. They just recently 
added to the family; Mitzi gave birth to a 
baby girl. 

Matt and Mitzi are full-time employees 
at CLU. Matt is the Vice President of 
Enrollment, while Mitzi is the Assistant 
Director of Alumni and Parent Relations. 

"We like to see that our family is a part of 
California Lutheran University," Mitzi said. 

Matt graduated with his Bachelor of 
Science at University of Wyoming in 1995. 
He received his masters at University of 
Miami with an emphasis in international 
studies in 2003. Prior to working at CLU 
he worked at several universities, helping a 
lot of students. 

"At CLU we like to have placement with a 
purpose," Matt said. "We want our students 
to obtain a job that relates to their place 
in the world while making a difference in 
the world doing that job. They need to 
be trained to make more involved/ethical 
decisions and CLU offers that." 

Matt goes to different venues and speaks 
on the highlights and successes of CLU. 

He markets CLU by expressing how great 
it is to come to such an open school. 

"The campus is a great size, and we are 
opep to all faiths and denominations 
because it is important to us that students 
feel accepted," Matt said. 

He and other recruiters for CLU have 
proposed many ideas that would encourage 
students to attend CLU. 

For example, students who are accepted 
into University of California Santa Barbara 
would pay the same amount of tuition as 
it would cost to go to UCSB at attend CLU. 

"CLU has done its best to give students 
award money to attend here; we have 
reportedly given 19 million in scholarships 
and grants for this year alone," Matt said. 

Mitzi graduated from the University of 
Wyoming in 1998 and then moved on 
to University of Miami in 2003. There, 
she obtained her master's in public 
relations and also worked in the athletic 
development, helping with fund raising for 
their athletic programs. 

Mitzi oversees the parent program, 
alumni relations, volunteer opportunities 
and so much more. She is very enthusiastic 
about students keeping in touch once they 
become alumni. 

"You are alumni the minute you hit 
24 credits here at CLU, which is about 
sophomore year," Mitzi said. "For the CLU 
students we want them to know that they 
always have a home here." 

Because she is a very busy woman, she 
understands how important it is for parents 
to be involved in students' activities at the 
school. She has worked hard to promote 
events, such as homecoming and the 
weekend events for parents and alumni. 

Mitzi doubled attendance at the 
cornerstone event which had 1,500 people 
attend. For October Fest, she made great 
strides with the parents. 

She is currently working on creating 
a Web site and newsletter with more 
information for parents and she would 

Photo courtesy of Peter Brown 
Dr. Matthew Ward was recently promoted to a new position, Vice President of Enrollment. 

like to develop an online community for She also encourages students to never get 

alumni and parents. 

Her goal is to have a link on Facebook or 
MySpace so that an application could be 
added to your Web site. 

rid of their CLU e-mail because it is theirs 
forever and is a good way for Alumni 
Services to keep track of what students are 
doing in life. 

Class evaluations go online 

By Aaron Hilf 
Echo Staff Writer 

With the semester coming to 
an end, students at California 
Lutheran University can look 
forward to taking part in the new 
and improved course evaluation 

"We have been working to 
transfer the written process into 
an online one," Assessment and 
Educational Effectiveness Director 
Halyna Kornuta said. 

For many schools in the area 
and around the state, students are 
asked at the end of each semester 
to take part in course evaluations 
programs to help better the 
teachers' understanding of their 
class and curriculum. 

These evaluations help mold 
the future classes by getting real 
feedback from students. 

In the past, the evaluations have 
been done entirely by hand and 
have depended on students in 
more ways than necessary. 

"1 didn't mind them," said 
Michelle Schwartz, a junior at 
CLU. "They get very tedious and 
sometimes you don't see the 

Students have not only been 
responsible for filling out the 
evaluations, but also to ensure they 
were done in an allotted time given 

during class. 

With the initiation of this new 
process, students will have more 
freedom in the completion of their 
evaluations and will feel more 
comfortable being honest in their 

"Some students we talked to felt 
uncomfortable being very honest 
in their evaluations," Kornuta 
said. "With this new program they 
won't have to worry about that due 
to the complete anonymity of it." 

The evaluations will no longer be 
done by hand during class, but on 
your own, through your MyCLU 
home page. The new process will 
look similar to other CLU online 
programs and will be very easy and 
self-explanatory to use. 

The old evaluation process was 
reviewed by faculty and staff in 
2007. The Teaching and Learning 
Committee, led by Dr. Deborah 
Erickson, was not sold on the idea 
of a manual process and believed 
there were better options out 

"The current system was not 
serving faculty, administration, or 
students effectively," Kornuta said. 

With the help of CLU's 
information and technology 
department, the committee began 
exploring new ways to improve 
the process. Through articles and 
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they landed on the idea of an 
online process. 

Shordy after, the IT department 
built a prototype which was given 
out to two test classes and came 
back with outstanding results. 

"We received a higher response 
rate in a classroom that was given 
a specified time," Kornuta said. 
"However, overall it seemed to 
work much better and faster." 

One of the primary concerns of 
the committee when looking into 
new programs was being able to 
get the data back to the teachers as 
quickly as possible. 

Kornuta and Karissa Faulconer, 
administrative assistant of 
academic affairs, believe the 
new program will be able to give 
professors results four times faster 

than the pen and paper process, 
making it possible for teachers 
to adjust their techniques for the 
following semester. 

"It was very inefficient and 
ineffective," Kornuta said. "Now, 
we will be able to cut down the 
hugely manual process and make 
results available quicker." 

Like many great ideas however, 
there are some down sides to this 
new online format 

The main problem is the fact 
that teachers and staff now depend 
more on students to take time 
out of their busy finals week to 
complete these forms. 

During the pilot program, one 
class was taken to a computer lab 
to complete it, where another was 
given an e-mail to be completed at 

their discretion. The response rate 
was much higher in the class that 
was given lab time. 

"I'm not sure how effective they 
will actually be," Schwartz said. "I 
don't think everyone will bother 
or care to help improve their past 

CLU is trying to offset this 
problem by dedicating a specific 
week where teachers can book 
computer labs to complete their 
evaluations . 

Only time will tell the outcome 
of this new program but for now it 
seems to work, not only by getting 
the information out quicker, 
but by once again showing this 
campus' commitment to going 
green by getting rid of a wasteful 
paper process. 

December 3, 2008 


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Movie Review: 

'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas' 

"Everything, everything in war is barbaric... but the worst barbarity 
of war is that it forces men collectively to commit acts against which 

During this holiday season experience a movie 
that will leave you humbled and appalled at what 
ignorance and hatred can accomplish. "The Boy in 
the Striped Pajamas" is a gut-wrenching film that 
captures the life of an adventurous little boy who 
lives beside a concentration camp during World 
War II. 

Nothing will prepare you 
for what you witness in this 
movie, which was adapted 
from the novel, "The Boy in 
the Striped Pajamas" by John 
Boyne. The Holocaust and 
concentration camps come 
to life while movie-goers 
are given a first-hand look 
through the eyes of a curious 
and adventurous boy named 
Bruno (Asa Butterfield). 

Written and directed by Mark 
Herman, the film takes us to 
Berlin during WWII at a time 
when many people were still 
ignorant about the sufferings 
and cruelties that were taking 
place in concentration camps . 

The film begins with Bruno 
and his family moving 
from the city of Berlin to a 
desolate area of farmland. 
His father, a Nazi officer, has 
been promoted and is now 
in charge of overseeing the 
concentration camp located just a few miles from 
where his family is residing. 

With nothing else to fill his time, this little boy 
begins exploring the woods around his home and 
soon makes friends with a boy named Shmuel (Jack 
Scanlon) who lives on the other side of the fence in 
the concentration camp. 

Watching all of this happen right before your eyes 
makes it hard to imagine what the world was like all 
those years ago and how far we have come in respect 
to our tolerance for individuality. 

You will leave with a 
reality check..." 



By Scott Beebe 
Movie Critic 

We get a better understanding of what it's like for 
people who have been persecuted in the past, and 
can comprehend why they are easily angered when 
they are at the wrong end of peoples' stereotyping. 
All of the pain and suffering they have gone through 
over time has earned them this right. 

Shmuel is an unusual child in 
Bruno's eyes, mainly because 
he wears striped pajamas and 
lives behind a barb-wired 
fence. Bruno is young and 
innocent and thinks that 
it must be fun to live there 
and get to play in the yard all 
day and wear pajamas. He is 
lonely and adventurous so the 
two boys begin to develop a 
friendship, meeting each day 
to chat, play games and enjoy 
each others company. 

After Bruno's father (David 
Thewlis) hires a tutor for his 
children, Bruno discovers 
what type of job his father has 
and what the life of a German 
child should be like with 
respect to their loyalty to the 
Father Land. 

Throughout the film 
you are given the feeling 
that something disastrous 
will happen between the 
development of Bruno and 
Shmuel's relationship. And that feeling proves to be 
all too true. 

The last five minutes of this film make you want to 
cry or just close your eyes because you can't believe 
that this could happen and that the cost of ignorance 
has to be paid with such an unnecessary tragedy. It's 
a movie that will captivate and mesmerize you. 

This holiday season experience a film that will 
open your eyes and make you think twice about the 
way you think of other people as well as reaffirming 
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Poor economy affects CLU 

struggle to make 
ends meet 

You would never know our country 
is in an economic crisis by the action 
of California Lutheran 

In my three years of 
attendance at CLU, I 
feel as if the school has 
grown up around me at 
an alarming pace. 

Our university is 
expanding and growing 
in a positive direction. 

In the CLU 20 12 Capital 
Plan, the university has Kristin 
mapped out a plan that Gllman 
extends through 2020 to 
"build a university of distinction." 

Most students here at CLU 
are happy to see their university 
blossoming and improving, however, 
these expansions all come at a cost. 

In the CLU 2012 Capital Plan, CLU 
has outlined three phases to reach 
their goal of building a "university of 

We are currendy in phase one, 
which extends from 2007 through 

In this phase, CLU has identified 
nine major expansion projects 
to accomplish, including: the 

Swenson Center, Trinity Hall, 
KCLU building, Dining Facility, 
Early Childhood Center, Facilities 
building and yard, Paulson 
Tennis Courts, Hutton Field and 
community-use pool remodel. 
Many of these projects are 
either completed or 
nearing completion. 
Phases two and three 
also outline major 
expansions for the 

To achieve this 

2020 strategic vision 

CLU oudines this 

strategy: "Funding 

for improvements 

in the traditional 


program will have to 

come from a larger endowment 

and from the greater net tuition 

revenue provided by reduced 

discount rates." 

This mean the money for these 
expansions is going to come 
from all of the tuition revenue 
the university accumulates and 
donations to the university. 
This is concerning. 
It is no secret that tuition has 
been increasing every year. From 
the 2007-2008 year to the 2008- 
2009 year, tuition has increased 
from $25,790 to $27,600. 

To attend CLU for one year, 
including all housing, meal 
plan, books, travel expenses and 
additional costs, CLU estimates 
it would cost the average student 
$41,635! Compare this to what the 
near by California State University 
Channel Island estimates for their 
students: $10,170. 

On a side note, do I even have 
to mention the outrageous cost of 
textbooks here? 

As student, I am sure you all feel it. 
Don't even get me started. 

To give you a little perspective, 
three years ago in the 2006-2007 
school year CLU made 39.5 million 

Most of CLU's 
current students 
made the financial 
decision to attend CLU 
before the economy took 
a turn. 

dollars in tuition revenue; this is 
before multiple tuition increases. 

Now, my little rant about costs 
here is not the main point I am 
trying to make. 

The point is that most of CLU's 
current students made the financial 
decision to attend CLU before the 
economy took a turn. 

Numerous students are being 
forced to make serious re- 
evaluations of this decision. 

No matter how much you like 
the small classes and the friendly 
atmosphere here, it is hard to 
ignore a $3 1 ,465 saving per year. 

At the end of the day, you will put 
the same degree on your resume as 
any state school student. 

Soon, many of us are going to 
have no choice but to transfer or 
make other arrangements. 

I know of multiple parent plus 
loans being denied, and with the 
bank fiasco, who knows if our 
student loans will suffer as well. 

With outstanding balances with 
the university, you will not be able 
to register. 

In the presidential elections 
both candidates were asked what 
they would be cutting out of their 
original plans for the country due 
to the current economic status. 

I think our school should 
be asking itself the exact same 

As a student struggling to 
rationalize the outstanding costs 
here, I would rather my university 
cut down on its expansion plans 
temporarily and return some 
of these savings to its desperate 


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Hit the books 

Pearson Library is a 
positive atmosphere 
to study in. 

By Leslie Richman 

Echo Staff Writer 

It used to be a facility where only 
"nerds" hung out. It used to be a 
place many of us dreaded going 
to and a place most of us tried to 

I have to admit that the Pearson 
Library on the California Lutheran 
University campus is a place I have 
become very familiar with and now 
love going to whenever I need a 
place to just mellow out and study. 

I don't understand why more 
students don't take advantage of 
the library on CLU's campus. The 
library has so many features to help 
you get your school work done on 
time, in a quiet environment. 

The library has private cubicles 
for studying and a full computer 
lab equipped with MAC and PC 
desktop computers. 

The computers are also fully 
loaded with the Adobe Creative 
Suite programs for all your imaging 
and video needs. 

There are a few changes that I 

would like to see made to the CLU 
library because I believe they would 
greatly benefit the students and 
create an even more welcoming 

I think with proper funding, 
expanding the library would 
create more work space to hold 
more students. CLU is constantly 
growing and new students are 
always pouring in. 

Adding on to the Pearson Library 
would leave more room for private 
cubicles, computers and lounging 
areas for reading. 

I have talked to fellow students 
about the idea of adding a tutoring 
center into the Pearson Library as 

I think a full tutoring center 
would help students utilize all the 
amenities our library has to offer. 

Large sound-proof rooms would 
also be a great addition. 

Students would be able to reserve 
rooms and have a place where they 
could meet and work on group 
projects. Group projects are often 
assigned in classrooms, however, 
finding a common meeting place 
isn't always the easiest task. 

Group work rooms would provide 
a safe and effective environment so 
that all group members could have 
a quiet place to work. 

As a student who has always been 
fascinated by interior design, I can't 
help but put my two cents in on 
how the current CLU library could 
be updated. 

Most of the buildings on CLU's 
campus are extremely modern, 
brand new and incredibly clean. 
Pearson Library appears from the 
outside (and inside) as dated and 

A newly decorated library would 
be illuminated with feelings of 
warmth and comfort, ultimately 
making students feel welcomed and 

I personally think that a library 
must exude feelings of calmness 
in order for it to be a place where 
people would want to sit down and 
curl up with a good book. 

I know that there are always 
buildings to be fixed, classrooms 
to be re-fumished or offices to be 
added onto. 

Nevertheless, the Pearson Library 
is a wonderful place that with 
minor changes can continue to help 
students succeed in these difficult 
college years. 

I think it's about time to change the 
way students think about libraries, 
and start spreading the word on the 
numerous resources the Pearson 
Library has to offer. 

December 3, 2008 

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Aborting a midnight law 

Recently, I've been so excited 
that Obama became our 
president-elect that I forgot we 
still have another guy sitting in 
the oval office. 

After another person 
is elected, many 
presidents become 
"sitting ducks," 

meaning they basically 
sit around and wait 
for the next person to 
replace them. 

However, some 

presidents are 

participating in 

the more popular 
action of creating "midnight 
rules," which are rules or 
regulations made at the end, 
or the midnight period, of the 

Bush is jumping on the 
bandwagon, joining Presidents 

Missy Bain 

like Jimmy Carter and Bill 
Clinton, and if these rules- are 
published in the Federal Register 
by Friday, Nov. 2 1 , they'll be very 
hard for President- 
elect Obama to 
reverse when he gets 
into office. 

One of the rules 
he is trying to push 
through could create 
huge problems with 
millions of women in 
the U.S. while leaving 
a nice parting gift 
to the anti-choice 
extremists who have 
supported him for the last eight 

The rule could allow health 
care organizations that receive 
federal funding to redefine 
abortion to include the most 
common forms of birth control 

and then refuse to provide these 
basic services. 

This means that the pills, 
patches, injections and even 
condoms could be seen as a 
form of abortion. 

It is absolutely insane and 
even anti-choice people I have 
talked to about this rule agree. 

This seems to me to be 
an attempt by the Bush 
administration to take away as 
many reproductive freedoms 
from women as it can, until we 
are left with nothing. 

By allowing health care 
organizations to refuse their 
patients access to birth control 
they are putting the decision 
of whether or not to have a 
baby in the hands of the health 

I'm sorry, but shouldn't that 
decision be left to the couple? 

Since when did the medical 
community have any say on 
who can and cannot have a 

The rule could allow 
health care organi- 
zations that receive fed- 
eral funding to redefine 
abortion to inclrde the 
most common forms of 
birth control... 

baby? (Except in obvious cases 
where the mothers health could 
be jeopardized). 

Seriously though, turning 
people away from birth control 
will do nothing but hurt 
everyone, and wouldn't this 
hurt the anti-choice agenda 
anyways? I mean, by taking 
away birth control, wouldn't 
that lead to more abortions? 

Are they expecting people to 
just stop having sex? That will 
never happen. 

What is so wrong with 
allowing women to choose 
when they want to have babies? 
I don't understand the sin here. 

Maybe people should stop' 
worrying so much about 
whether or not a woman 
is taking a pill everyday to 
responsibly wait and have a 
family when she is ready, and 
start worrying about themselves 
and their own family. 

Want to know what you can 
do to help make sure that a 
"midnight law" like this isn't 

Just visit www.plannedparen to get all the 
information you need about 
the issue and what you can do 
to help. 

Unsteady job market 
leaves students worried 


As a senior, I'm excited to be 
graduating in the spring. 

But like all graduating seniors, 
I'm worried about 
finding a job in this 
declining economy. 

Unfortunately for 
us, we're graduating 
smack dab in the 
middle of a recession, 
a less-robust economy 
full of potential 
layoffs and fierce 
competitions for new 
job openings. 

As college students, 
we are currently or 
will be looking to be employed 
as we exit college and go into the 

For anyone who has started 
looking for a job, they may have 
already found it difficult since so 
many companies are laying off 
personnel or closing their doors. 

We are graduating at a very 
difficult time in our economy. 

When we entered college a few 
years ago, things couldn't have 
been better. 

The economy was booming and 
there was a bounty of jobs with 
perks and bonuses. 

The uncertain job market is 
eaving many college graduates 

When we entered 
college a few years 
ago.. .the economy was 
booming and there was 
a bounty of jobs with 
perks and bonuses. 

nationwide worried about what 
will happen after graduation day. 

Reports show that 240,000 jobs 
were lost during the month of 
October alone. 

I'm assuming many more layoffs 
will be cut before the Christmas 
holidays. It's mind boggling for 
those of us who go to college 

expecting to be able to start a career, 
only to find that no one's hiring. 
I'm sure all of us couM think of 
someone who is finding 
it difficult to find a job. 

Just this Thanksgiving, 
friends and family 
around the dinner table 
were complaining about 
cut hours, cut bonuses 
and having their paid 
vacation days taken 

Some even admitted 
that they worry about 
losing their jobs. 
This is a scary time in 
our economy, and an even scarier 
time for those of us who have 
never worked before, considering 
that we were studying for a higher 
education that was supposed to 
land us a better job in the first 

Now, I don't know about you 
guys, but I didn't spend four 
years in college just to work next 
to someone with a high school 

I'm expecting a professional 
career, but the future doesn't 
show any sign of hope, especially 
considering I'll be competing 
against millions of others who 
are unemployed or who will be 
unemployed by graduation. 

Many college students in their late 
20s and early 30s have had to return 
home because of the state of the job 

Instead of finding our own 
apartments, it looks like a lot of 
us will have no other choice but 
to move home to save money and 
look for work. 
So where does this leave us? 
I suspect that the economy will 
rebound eventually, but for now it 
looks like we're just going to have to 
suck it up and be grateful that we 
have what we have. 

When the job market does rise, 
at least we will have an edge over 
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Looking for a new opportunity 

CLU's new 
coach ready for 
the challenge 

By Nicole Jacobsen 
Echo Staff Writer 

Coach Roy Dow began a new 
leg in his career on July 16, 
2008. Being selected as the new 
California Lutheran University 
Regals head basketball coach 
has proven itself to be a new 

Before coming to Cal Lutheran, 
Dow spent six seasons at Caltech 
where he helped the team 
improve in nearly every statistical 

"You look for the right 
opportunities, not just anything." 
Dow said. "CLU is a new 
challenge and has all the good 
things coaches look for like great 
academics, a beautiful campus 
and respectful students." 

While winning is the ultimate 
goal for the team, Coach Dow 
says winning isn't everything 
to this year's Regal basketball 
team. Instead, they're more 
focused on improving their game 
and individual skills as well as 

maintaining a positive attitude 
both at practice and during a 

"We talk about attitude and 
how hard we're going to play," 
Dow said. "We haven't talked 
about a winning season at all. We 
figure if we play hard, the wins 
will take care of themselves." 

Keeping an open mind and 
encouraging players and 
teammates to be their very best is 
a common goal for both coaches 
and team members this season. 
Learning new drills from a new 
coach can be challenging, but 
working together and putting in 
time and effort can make all the 
difference in the world. 

"Coach Dow pushes us to be 
our very best every single day," 
junior Nita Sims said. "The team 
is excited to have him here and to 
see what happens this season." 

With the 2009 season underway, 
the Regals are excited to see 
what's in store for them. Even 
with very few statistics thus far, 
coaches and players look back to 
their first game to see what drills 
need to be emphasized during 

"It's really early in the season," 
Dow said. "The first game/win 
gives us a lot of feedback on what 

Photo by Desiree D'Arienzo 
Head Coach Roy Dow poses with a group of his players; they hope to have a successful first season together. 

we need to work on and what skills 
we can perfect." 

Having only six upperclassmen 
return may cause a few difficulties 
this year, but Coach Dow and 
the rest of the team are positive 
they will be able to overcome any 

"Being a young team we have 
certain challenges, but the girls 
are mentally tough," Dow said. 

The team may be young, but 
rather than cautious of how 
successful they can be, the girls 
are looking toward the season 
with optimism. 

"Having a new coach and 
being such a young team has the 
potential to create a few bumps 
along the road this season," 
Kourtney Jones said. "But we 
have faith in each other as a team 
and are all working toward the 
same goals." 

Regals start hot but fade fast 

Young team is 
growing pains 

By Nicole Flanary 

Echo Staff Writer 

Young talent has already 
made its impression on this 
year's Regals team. 

CLU freshman forward 
Danika Briggs knocked down 
a 3 point shot with .07 seconds 
left in regulation to give the 
women's basketball team their 
first win of the season. 

Cal Lutheran defeated CSU 
East Bay at Gilbert Arena with 
a final score of 104-103. 

Following their season 
opening victory, the Regals have 
fallen into a three game losing 
streak against Whitworth, 57- 
69, who they will play again on 
Dec. 6. 

They also dropped back-to- 
back matches to Chapman and 
Northland (Wise.) by scores of 
48-70 and 63-71, respectively. 

The Regals' Saturday night 
shoot-out with the Pioneers 
really excited the CLU crowd 
for the upcoming season. 

"This game was really a 

preview of what we can do as a 
team and gave the crowd a taste 
of how fast-paced and exciting 
we play," sophomore captain 
Kourtney Jones said. 

Jones had 17 points on the 
night, sinking all three of her 3 
point attempts. 

Saturday night started off on 

the right foot for the Regals 
who were ahead of the Pioneers 
all night, up until the final few 
minutes of the fourth quarter. 
Cal Lutheran was leading by 
15 points with five minutes 
left in regulation, when CSU 
East Bay rallied and put up 13 
unanswered points. 

Photo by Ashley Bcntz 
Junior Kelsey Paopao drives to the net against Whitworth University. 

The Regals' next score came 
from Nita Sims, who posted 
a lay-up and ending the hot 
streak by East Bay. 

"Nita had 24 points and 11 
assists on the game," Jones said. 
"She was definitely one of our 
best contributors." 

However, following Sims' 
shot, East Bay tied the game 
with a three-point shot late in 
the fourth. 

CLU dug deep and refused 
to lose, playing tough to set- 
up one final shot attempt by 
Briggs with .07 seconds left in 
the game. 

Briggs sank the shot and 
sealed the victory for the Regals 
in their first game of the 2008- 
09 season. 

"I think overall this was a 
great season opener," Jones 

"Danika Briggs' 3 pointer 
with one second left was 
really a great way to cap off an 
exciting game." 

Briggs finished with 10 points 
overall and went 3-8 from the 
field. Fellow freshman Britlyn 
Garrett and junior Johanna 
Rothermel both contributed 
eight points apiece for the 

Senior Cheryl Lee contributed 

17 points in the win against the 

CLU scored 104 in the bout 
versus CSU East Bay, which 
is the most scored by a Regals 
basketball squad since 1996. 

"The new coach has brought 
a lot to the program. He is very 
excited for this year, and his 
excitement is without a doubt 
rubbing off on the rest of us," 
Sims said. 

Saturday night showed a good 
sign of things to come for the 
CLU women's basketball team. 
Now that they have tasted 
victory the Regals are that 
much more eager to compete 
and show the fans what they're 
all about. 

"Personally I am looking 
forward to seeing the way we 
challenge not only the teams 
in our league, but the non- 
conference teams as well," Sims 

The Regals travel to 
Whitworth University (Wash.) 
to play in the NBC Camps Whit 
Classic where they will take on 
the universities of Whitman 
and Whitworth, beginning on 
Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. 

SCIAC play will begin on Jan. 
8, 2009 when the CLU takes on 
the Whittier Poets at home. 

December 3, 2008 


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Dance team has high hopes for Nationals 

By Jackson Damron 
Echo Staff Writer 

Borderline Bar and Grill is 
sponsoring a fund raiser for 
the CLU dance team tonight 
at 10 p.m. 

This will be the last 
college night sponsored by 
the dance team, the sixth of 
the fall semester. 

The dance team receives 
roughly half of their budget 
from ASCLU-G for being a 
club and uses the money 
they earn at their sponsored 
events to takes care of 
additional expenses. 

All year the members 
spend countless hours in 
the dance studio perfecting 
their routines so they can 
compete at nationals, but 
they have to come up with 
a way to pay for getting 

That's where media liaison 
and fund raising supervisor 
Margaret "Butta" Nolan 
steps in. 

She has been on the dance 
team for the three years that 
she has been at CLU and is 
now in charge of making 
sure they raise enough 

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money for their trip to 

The dance team holds 
a fund raiser at Outback 
Steakhouse each semester 
and also has a fund raising 
table set up at football 
games in addition to 
holding raffles at basketball 

Nolan, the only junior 
on the team, can be seen 
posting flyers for the 
Borderline event. 

Leading the squad this year 
is a trio of seniors. Captain 
Emily "Shady" Cowles in 
her fourth year on the team, 
choreographs some of the 
team's routines. 

She even performed with 
a broken wrist at Nationals 
last year. 

Co-captains Fina "Poppi" 
Lopez and Kelly "Roxy" 
Butler have also been on the 
team every year they have 
been at CLU. 

Lopez came to CLU 
with a dance and cheer 
background, but after nine 
years of cheer she wanted 
to dedicate herself to dance. 
Joining the team was an 
easy choice for Butler. She 

has been dancing for 13 

"I feel pretty confident 
in both of our nationals 
routines," said Lopez. 
"The routines are different 
than what we have done in 
previous years and the team 
is better overall than we 
have ever been." 

The dance team returns 
three sophomores as well. 
Samantha "Spinnz" Quilay 
is the treasurer for this 
year's team. 

Quilay has a recreational 
background, she swam in 
high school and started 
dancing at the age of three. 

Nicole "Hammi" 

Simonson, team stylist and 
fashion expert, is one of 
two members from Arizona. 

The final sophomore, 
Carly "Lulu" Robertson, is 
the marketing supervisor, a 
position she can be trusted 
with since she was class 
president all four years of 
high school. 

Joining the team this year 
are three freshmen. 

Allison "Scooter" Mehnert 
comes from a ballet 
background and has never 

Photo courtesy of Katelyn Miller 
The Cal Lutheran dance team performs at home football games in the fall. 

participated in hip-hop 
dance before. 

Tihana "Belle" Borhaug 
easily has the most 
nicknames on the team with 
seven and Borhaug has only 
been dancing for five years. 

The last freshman, Katelyn 
"C-Bass" Miller, is a 
Westlake local and a huge 
Dallas Cowboys fan. 

"Katelyn is easy to spot 
around campus," said 
Simonson. "She's the tiny 
girl in the giant truck." 

With no coach, the 
members attend practice 
and collaboratively tweak 
and perfect each routine. 

The dance team is working 
vigorously; they only have 
four practices left until 
they leave for Orlando, 
FL, for the UDA National 
Competition in January. 

Going into Nationals, 
they are ranked 18th out 38 
teams and have high hopes 
of raising their placement 
in Florida. 

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Cal Lutheran Intramural Sports introduces... 

Intramural League Bowling 

Tuesday nights for 8 weeks starting in February at Harley's Simi Bowl 

For the first 20 individuals that signup, the cost is $44. The regular price is $64. Costs are per person. This provides you with 8 weeks of 
bowling, 3 games each night as well as your shoes. Teams are co-ed and have a total of 4 bowlers. Overall team winners will be determined 
as well as the most outstanding individual male and female bowler. Signups are available online at 
life/intramuralsports/rules/registration.php . If you want any further information please contact Clark at . 

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December 3, 2008 

Kingsmen split games in Hawaii 

CLU drops first 
basketball game 
of the season 

By Krystle Van Deusen 

Echo Staff Writer 

Starting out the 2008 season 
with a bang, the California 
Lutheran Kingsmen basketball 
team has been too much to 
handle with only one loss thus 

The team had a 76-52 victory 
over La Sierra University 
on Saturday, Nov. 22, and 
followed up with an 84-78 
win over Carthage College on 
Monday, Nov. 24. 

The Kingsmen squad flew 
to Honolulu, Hawaii for the 
Surf's Up Classic tournament 
on Nov. 28 and 29. 

The Surf's Up Classic 
tournament consists of four 
teams, one of which is a fellow 
conference member Whittier 
College. The other two teams 
are from the Northwest 

The men took on George Fox 
University (Ore.) and beat 
them 76-70 behind junior 
Andy Meier's 26 points and 
nine rebounds. 

CLU was behind by as many 
as 11 points before coming 
back and topping the Bruins. 

"The key to winning these 
games in Hawaii started from 
the defensive end. We needed 
to get into George Fox's 
guards as soon as possible," 
Meier said. 

"We needed to try and get 
the ball into the post as much 
as possible and spot up Grimm 
and Knudsen to hit the three. 
We'll worried about Pacific as 
soon as we had taken care of 
George Fox." 

The next day the Kingsmen 
faced another Oregon team, 
the Pacific University Boxers, 
who defeated CLU for the first 
time this season, 65-78. 

The Boxers took an early 
lead by opening the game on 
a 13-2 run and Cal Lutheran 
was never able to completely 
catch up. 

The Kingsmen trailed by as 
many as 24 points in the game 


before closing the gap to 13 
points in the end. 

Junior Kyle Knudsen led the 
Kingsmen with 15 points, with 
freshman Marquis Johnson 
right behind him with 13 
points and six rebounds in the 

CLU took an early lead over 
La Sierra in the first half 
putting the Golden Eagles 
into a 24-7 deficit. 

This lead proved too much 
for the Golden Eagles to 

Every Kingsmen player 

contributed to the victory 
and 10 out of the 12 players 

"We did a great job of 
executing both offensively 
and defensively. We have been 
working really hard in practice 
and the work has paid off," 
Cameron Mitchell said. 

"We showed what we can do 
as a team and hope the success 
continues throughout the 

On Monday, Carthage 
College came all the way from 
Wisconsin to suffer a loss from 
the charging Kingsmen. 

The Red Men looked to have 
an advantage over CLU when 
they took an early lead in the 
first half. 

Knudsen quickly took their 
momentum away when he 
scored his first of four three- 

He raked in a career high of 
25 points that contributed to 
the Kingsmen victory. 

"This was a big win as 
we finally got to face a big 
opponent for the first time 
this season," Meier said. 

"Knudsen played really well 
and was huge to our success." 

Sophomore Greg Grimm 
scored 10 out of 16 points 
in the last 20 minutes of 
regulation, while 10 of his 
points came from the foul 

Grimm also contributed 
with 4 assists. 

Meier followed Knudsen's 
lead, tallying 25 points and 
a game-high 13 rebounds all 
while sinking 9 out of 10 free 

Photo by Nathan Hoyt 
Junior Kyle Knudsen drives for a lay-up in a victory against Carthage. 


Cal Lutheran, as a team, 
went 26 of 50 from the field, 
5 of 10 were from the 3 point 
range and 27 of 34 free throws 
found the net on Monday. 

"Saturday and Monday 
were both great games for us 
getting the season underway. 
Hawaii really gave us a chance 

to get out and have fun with 
each other, but at the same 
time we knew we have goals to 
accomplish," Mitchell said. 

"It should be a really fun 
weekend and we hope to 
return home with two more 

The Kingmen will return to 
action at La Sierra on Dec. 11. 


Photo by Nathan Hoyt 
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Volume 52, Number 12 

December 10, 2008 

It's beginning to look like Christmas 

Photos by Doug Harriett 

Students participate in snowball fighting at the annual Christmas Chaos at the student union building. (Top) 
The Choir sings a traditional Christmas song during the 49th annual concert series. 

20th anniver- 
sary of World 

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By Kelsey Bonesteel 
and Scott Beebe 
Echo Staff Writers 

With the 80-degree weather 
at the start of December, some 
students may be finding it 
hard to get into the Christmas 
spirit. But thanks to California 
Lutheran University's 49 ,h annual 
Christmas Festival Concert series, 
students, faculty and members of 
the community were able to find 
that holiday joy. 

The Christmas Festival Concert 
has been the longest running 
annual event at CLU. 

This year's theme was peace. 
Performances by the university 
symphony, women's chorale, 
university symphony and select 
soloists took place. 

"I love performing with the 
symphony because it adds so 
much to the music. You really 
have to listen to things a lot more 
to make sure everyone is in sync 
with each other," 
said senior quartet mmmm 
member Missy 

This is one of 
the busier events 
on campus. The 
festival had three 
nights of performances that 
filled the Samuelson Chapel to 
capacity, with standing room only 
for audiences. 

Christmas trees, lights and 
royal purple drapery covered the 
chapel. The colors matched the 
programs of purple and silver. 

Throughout the concert Dr. 
Julia Fogg, religion professor, and 
Pastor Scott Maxwell-Doherty 
narrated selected readings. Each 
reading explained the songs that 
were about to be sung. 

As both choirs entered the 
chapel, instead of lining up in 
the front of the chapel in the 
risers, they positioned themselves 
around the edges of the seating, 
creating a surrounding sound 
that filled the chapel from all 

The audience was also asked 
to participate throughout the 
concert. The programs printed 
the lyrics to classic Christmas 
songs such as, "O Come, All Ye 
Faithful" and "The First Noel." 

"It's my favorite concert to 

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perform; the audience enjoys 
singing along with the choir," said 
first violinist Katie Foster. "The 
highlight of this year's concert 
for me was the playing of the 
traditional Christmas songs." 

After a few non-traditional 
Christmas songs were sung, the 
Kingsmen and Regals Quartet 
sang a few classics, including 
a finger-snapping rendition of 
"Jingle Bells," "Have you Heard?" 
and a sultry rendition of "I'll be 
home for Christmas." 

"We rehearse four-days a week 
for 75 minutes each day not to 
mention the extra time spent 
outside rehearsal memorizing 
music," Bain said. 

"The Quartets rehearse on their 
own time and learn the music on 
their own, with little to no help 
from Dr. (Wyant) Morton." 

The concert series brings people 
from all age groups; members 
from the University Village 
were shuttled over to attend the 
neighboring event. 

It's a time to 
^^^^ gather and enjoy 
the holidays with 
friends and family 
and sing Christmas 
songs that we all 
sang as children. 
The Christmas 
concert marks the beginning of 
the Christmas festivities that also 
included Student Life's Christmas 
Chaos. It featured 20 tons of 
snow, ornament-making, cookie- 
decorating, carriage rides, hot 
chocolate and letters to Santa. 
Christmas Chaos also allowed 

"The highlight of this 
year's concert for me was 
the playing of the tradi- 
tional Christmas songs." 

— Katie Foster 

students to respond to letters 
to Santa. The program ran in 
conjunction with the community 
service center along side the 
Post Office. The program is run 

The Post Office gives letters 
from children who write to 
Santa to community services 
representatives and community 
workers respond to the letters. 

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December 10, 2008 

World AIDS Day 

By Margaret Nolan 
Managing Editor 

World AIDS is a nationally- 
recognized day when people 
around the world come together 
to bring global attention to the 
HIV/AIDS epidemic. 

On Dec. 2, California Lutheran 
University and the HIV/AIDS 
Coalition of Ventura County 
teamed up to host the Ventura 
County World AIDS Day on the 
CLU campus. 

Dr. Adina Nack, director of 
the Center for Equality and 
Justice, and the lead organizer 
for the Ventura County World 
AIDS Day, was one of the main 
organizers of the day's events. 

She expressed the need for 
people to be informed about 
the HIV/AIDS epidemic, as 
Americans can often get too 
comfortable in thinking that it 
can't happen to them. 

"One of the things that means 
the most to me is that I feel that 
CLU has become a place that 
is now known as somewhere 
that serves the community 
when it comes to HIV/AIDS 
education for the students and 
community," Nack said. 

The day began with a series 
of films focused on the various 
aspects of the HIV/AIDS crisis 
in the student union building. 

Following the film screenings, 
Sharon Clack, the founder and 
president of the Lily of the 
Valley Endeavor (LoVE) gave a 
global perspective on the HIV/ 
AIDS epidemic. 

LoVE is a non-profit 
organization that is dedicated 
to helping the children who are 

affected by AIDS or who are 
infected themselves. 

The epicenter is in the very 
undeveloped and poverty 
stricken community KwaZulu, 
South Africa. 

"It is an area where there is 
so much devastation, that it is 
unimaginable," Clack said. 

Each three-bedroom cottage 
has one housemother for every 
six children. 

At Lily, there have been big 
advancements in improving 
the quality of life for all of the 
children that are infected with 
the virus. 

"AIDS wasn't allowed to 
be spoken of then be- 
cause nobody knew what 
to call it." 

— Lynn 

She believes that "with privilege 
comes responsibility" so she 
encouraged the whole audience 
to get involved, whether it was by 
retelling the story about LoVE, 
sponsoring a child, donating, 
buying beads made by members 
of the KwaZulu community or 
by actually visiting the LoVE 
village yourself. 

Ana Lopez of the Community 
Health Organization for 
Planned Parenthood, who 
coordinates the Positively 
Speaking Program, introduced 
the positive speaker panel of 
Ventura County residents who 
provided a local perspective on 
the epidemic. 

The first speaker was Lynn, 
a 65-year-old former go-go 

Photo by Doug Barnett 

Lynn speaks of contracting and living with AIDS. 

dancer who has been with living 
with AIDS since 1998. 

"AIDS wasn't allowed to be 
spoken of then because nobody 
knew what to call it," Lynn said 
of when she was growing up. 

She shared her life story of how 
she grew up and when she was 
informed of her infection. 

"The first anger is just so 
horrendous... it's a death 
sentence," Lynn said. "But now 
I'm the one that's telling people 
that you can live with it. I still 
go out dancing and I blow some 
of the young kids off the floor. I 
can even crump." 

The next speaker was Doug, 
who has been living with full- 
blown AIDS for 21 years. 

He shared his story of coming 
to terms with his own sexual 
identity and how both he and his 
partner Randy were diagnosed 
at the same time. 

"This guy was telling me my 
life was over at the prime of my 
life," Doug said of the day he 
found out he was infected. 

He had dropped to only 100 
t-cells when he lost his partner 
to the disease but has since 
bounced back to a healthier level 
of over 500 after he dedicated 
his life to helping stop the HIV/ 
AIDS epidemic. 

Next, Danny told his stories 
of traveling around the world, 
working on a cruise ship and 
how the epidemic became a part 
of his life. 

He explained that he has 
received great support from his 
family and is now sitting at a 
healthy 750 t-cells, thanks to a 
new medicine that he takes. 

The final speaker was Lin, 
who spoke of how her shaky 
upbringing led her to choose sex 
as her drug of choice. 

"My story is about lack of 
self-esteem," Lin said as she 
became teary-eyed sharing her 
experiences. Audience members 
watched in astonishment and 
disbelief as she pulled all of the 
medicine that she has to take in 
order to remain healthy, a total 
of 17 pills a day. 

All the speakers emphasized the 
importance of being responsible 
for your own education in order 
to make sure that you and your 
loved ones stay healthy. 

Following the panel of positive 
speakers, there was a "Keeping 
the Faith" candlelight vigil on 
the Mount Clef patio that was 
organized by Campus Ministries 
where words of prayer and hope 
were offered for all those that 
are. affected by the HIV/AIDS 

For information on how to 
get tested, please visit http: 
// www. pla nned pa rent hood, o 
rg/health-center or for more 
information on LoVE and 
how you can help, please visit 

Photo by Nathan Hoyt 
Dr. Prichard describes a picture on a slide show of AIDS victims. 

The many effects 
of HIV and AIDS 

By Dana Blackburn 
Echo Staff Writer 

The personality and 

cognitive-functioning changes, 
associated with HIV and AIDS, 
were discussed Monday in 
commemoration of World AIDS 
Day at California Lutheran 

Dr. John G. Prichard, who 
works as medical director of 
the Immunology Clinic at the 
Ventura County Medical Center, 
addressed "The Neurological 
Sequelae of HIV and AIDS and its 
Effects on Cognitive Functioning: 
Some Implications for Counseling 
and Psychotherapy." 

Prichard was recently named 
as the 2008 Physician of the Year 
by the Ventura County Medical 
Resource Foundation and has 
authored and co-authored over 
30 publications. 

He detailed three case studies 
that illustrate the cognitive effects 
of the AIDS and HIV virus. 

"AIDS and HIV infection is still 
very much a stigmatizing disease," 
Prichard said. 

Patients oftentimes experience 
guilt, anxiety and an enormous 
feeling of loss upon diagnosis. 

The uncertainty of the illness 
breeds a high level of anxiety for 
patients and their families. 

Prichard explained that despite 
the fact that excellent treatment 
for AIDS exists, it is often 
interpreted as a fatal illness. 

"Cognitive problems do interfere 
with treatment," he said. 

He explained that one cannot 
necessarily predict an individual's 
reaction to an HIV diagnosis by 
stricdy identifying their culture 
and background. 

Prichard shared a case study 
in which a woman was terrified 
her family would learn of her 

The stress involved with keeping 
this secret negatively impacted 
her treatment. She experienced 
deep depression, frequent falls 
and anorexia. 

Upon disclosing her AIDS 
diagnosis to her family and 

actively participating in family 
counseling, her condition greatly 

Prichard explained that HIV has 
direct and indirect effects on the 
nervous system. Indirect effects 
include infection and malignancy. 
Additionally, there are many 
psycho-social consequences. 

It is extremely important that 
AIDS patients work toward 
gaining the ability to move along 
and look toward the future. 

"Dr. Prichard stressed the role 
of guilt, an issue of particular 
relevance to marriage/family 
therapy trainees as they gain 
an appreciation of the way in 
which guilt can complicate 
compliance with medical as 
well as psychological treatment 
in their work with people who 
have been affected by HrV and 
AIDS," said Dr. Christopher 
Christian, director of Community 
Counseling Services and assistant 
professor at CLU. 

Significant developments have 
been made to detect, diagnose 
and treat people with HIV. In 
many cases, psychological 
complications stemming from 
HIV weigh more heavily on 
a person's prognosis than 
their medical issues, Christian 

"Despite the fact that we can 
usually control viral reproduction, 
sometimes the damage has already 
been done," Prichard said. 

Prichard shared the staggering 
fact that AIDS medication in 
America costs $20,000 per year, 
on average. 

California has established drug 
assistance programs that help 
with elevating costs; however, the 
anxiety involved with financing 
expensive treatment is still high 
for many patients. 

Prichard stressed the importance 
of psychotherapy and counseling 
post-diagnosis that can help 
by extending and bettering the 
patient's life. 

The discussion was made 
possible by the Community and 
Parent Child Study Center at 

December 10, 2008 


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I'll be home for 
the holidays 

remind us of 
our youth 

Continued from 1; 

Christmas chaos features 20 
tons of snow, where students 

"Although people might 
have seen flashing lights 
at the event, it was just a 
precaution for a minor 

— Amanda Whealon 

reliving childhood memories 
of having snowball fights. 

With the idea of reliving 
childhood fantasies, there is a 
tendency for the activity to get 
out of control. 

'People get out of hand when 

they seesnow; friendly snowball 
fights turns into reckless 
behavior," said coordinator of 
student leadership Amanda 

"Since it's been shown 
students don't know how to 
control themselves, . we are 
going to have to re-evaluate the 

The program received a 
huge turnout with students 
participating in snow throwing, 
answering letters to Santa and 
participating in arts and crafts. 

In regard to the rumor of 
a student being knocked 
un-conscious, Whealon 


"Although people might 
have seen flashing lights at the 
event, it was just a precaution 
for a minor injury," she said. 

Traveling home 
for winter break 
has its costs 

By Jennifer Tholse 

Echo Staff Writer 

This fall semester is coming to 
an end and Christmas is just a 
click away. Other than the stress 
of all the upcoming finals and 
papers that are due, students are 
simultaneously scheduling their 
plans for the holiday. 

Junior Sara Ghirum explained 
that she has to catch a flight the 
same day as her last final, which 
will be very stressful. 

However, she still appreciates 
that she was permitted to change 
the date of her final to fit her 
traveling plans. 

"I think that it is really cool of 
the teachers to accommodate us 
with this privilege. It is so hard 
to get a hold of flight tickets now 
so I kind of had to take what was 
offered by the airline companies," 
Ghirum said. 

She also explained that she will 
have to buy all her Christmas 
gifts at the tax-free shop at the 
airport, which she feels kind of 
awkward doing, but can't do 
anything about. 

Andreas Kolstad said he is 
looking forward to Christmas Eve 
and can't wait to sit at the dinner 
table, with everybody gathered 
around, eating together. 

"When I was a kid it used to 
be about Santa Claus and all 
the gifts, but now I'm older and 
wiser and look at Christmas in 
another light. Also, since I have 
been away from home for so 
long I really appreciate seeing 
everybody and catching up," 
Kolstad said. 

Senior Sahar Saberi said that she 
is looking forward to Christmas, 
and to be able to spend time with 
her family and see her nephews. 

Saberi said that she has a lot of 
great childhood memories with 
her siblings, staying up all night 
and playing Super Nintendo. 

"Christmas is a time for 
grown-ups to be children and 
for everybody else to just relax 
and enjoy each other's company," 
Saberi said. 

Saberi is excited to spend 
Christmas in a new way this year, 
with her boyfriend in the valley. 

She said they had put up a lot 
of Christmas decorations in their 
apartment and it really feels like 
Christmas is on its way with all 
the candles and snowflakes. 

The only thing left is the tree, 
which they will put up and 
decorate as soon as finals are 

Senior Golenaz Arjomand said 
that Christmas has always been 
about getting gifts and all that 
other material stuff. 

But now since the economy 
has been so bad, she thinks that 
people are starting to realize 
the true meaning of being with 
loved ones and appreciating each 
other's company. 

Because of all the stress with 
finals, she decided to order her 
Christmas gifts online. 

"A lot of people have a negative 
attitude toward Christmas 
because it is stressful and it is a 
time in which some people are 
lonely and depressed, but really 
we should just embrace the 
opportunities of being around 
our loved ones and create more 
memories," Arjomand said. 

Most students have plans of 
meeting up with loved ones and 
celebrating the holidays with joy 
and happy faces. Students that 
will stay on campus will get a 
new experience of this tradition 
by eating good food with friends 
instead of family. Either way 
hopefully everyone will have very 
happy holidays. If you have been 
nice this year, you might even get 
to see Santa for Christmas. 

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CLU students 
celebrate African- 
American Heritage 

By Gigi Arjomand 
Echo Staff Writer 

Students were filled with love, 
joy and pride as they celebrated 
African American heritage at 
California Lutheran University's 
Celebration of Kwanzaa last 

In honor of the holiday 
Kwanzaa, the Multicultural 
Programs, together with the 
NAACP Saturday School, the 
Afro-Centric Committee of 
Ventura County and Brothers 
and Sisters United, organized 
a one-day celebration for 
students and family to engage 
in celebrating African-American 

"This is one of the few times 
throughout the year that we 
celebrate African American 
Heritage," said Robert Amey, 
president of Brothers and Sisters 
United (BSU). 

"Kwanzaa and Black History 
month are the only times where 
we fully integrate Black history 
and it's importance to this 
countries development." 

Kwanzaa is a week-long holiday 
celebrated throughout the world, 
honoring African legacy. 

The celebration is held from 
Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 each year. 
Because CLU is closed during 
Kwanzaa for Christmas break, 
the Multicultural Programs 
and participating organizations 
arranged for a pre-celebration of 
the holiday to be held Dec. 6 in 
the Lundring Events Center. 

The event began at 10 a.m. and 
the festivities went on well past 
2 p.m. 

Guests got to eat authentic 
African and African-American 
food and watch several dance 

Also there were performances 
of African dance, gospel music 
and vendors with arts, crafts and 

Among the dance line-up was a 
dance group from H20, the hip- 

hop organization at CLU. 

The crowd was mixed, 
consisting of roughly 80 students 
and some faculty. 

"Although the students at CLU 
are predominantly white, it's 
important that we acknowledge 
this holiday so that everyone can 
learn about and embrace each 
others cultures," Amey said. 

Two of the main organizers 
and supporters of the 
Multicultural events held at 
CLU, Dr. Juanita Hall, director 
of Multicultural Programs and 
Angela Rowley, assistant director 
of Multicultural Programs, were 
there to enjoy and support the 

Although Kwanzaa normally 
consists of seven days of 
celebration, the CLU Celebration 
of Kwanzaa fit in the majority of 
the traditional rituals including 
the candle lighting and the 
lighting of the kinara into one 

"It means a lot to me personally 
that we acknowledge black 
culture at CLU," said senior 
Marshall Johnson. "Although it 
should be a given by now, not all 
schools' do that." • 

Kwanzaa was created in 1966 
as the first African-American 
holiday giving African- 

Americans an opportunity to 
celebrate themselves and their 

The theme, of decor consisted 
of vibrant colors and African 
masks decorated the walls. 
Although the celebration was 
not politically affiliated, artwork 
and jewelry sold and displayed 
representing a tribute to 
President-elect Barack Obama, 
the country's first African- 
American to be president. 

"You can't help but have 
Obama represented at an event 
honoring black history," said 
sophomore Chaz Hodges. "It's 
just to show how far we have 
come as a people, and this 
country as a nation." 

Photo by Rachel Wolf 
A group of dancers perform an African dance for the audience. 

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Santa Lucia Festival of Lights 

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Page 5 

The ultimate CLU 
family legacy 

By Elicia Hildreth 
Echo Staff Writer 

It's something special when your 
family is known as a legacy at the 
university you attend. 

The Mathre, Hermansen and 
Cowles family are all in attendance 
at California Lutheran University. 
A total of 10 have graduated from 
CLU. It started with the Hermansen 
family: Dawn, Karen [Cowles] 
and Linda [Mathre] Hermansen, 
all attended CLU. Now all three 
siblings have children at CLU. 

Kristen, Annie and Erik Mathre 
are brother and sisters who 
were raised in Fremont. Kristen 
graduated from CLU in 2005, 
Annie graduated from CLU this 
past May in 2008 and is attending 
the teacher-prep program and Erik 
is a junior multimedia major. 

"Growing up I knew I wanted to 
go to a small school and I love the 
small school atmosphere that CLU 
provides," Annie said. 

Erik who is an RA at CLU, is 
very involved. He has been apart 
of ASCLU-G in the past and has 
helped to start an ultimate frisbee 

Julie, David and Wendy 
Hermansen are also brother 
and sister. They were raised in 
Redwood City. David is a junior 
business administration major 
and Wendy is a freshman biology 

Emily Cowles is a senior who was 
raised in Vista and is an exercise 
science and sports medicine major 
with a minor in psychology. She is 
captain of the dance team and is 
graduating in May. 

Emily teaches dance in Woodland 
Hills and also holds tutor sessions 
with a fourth grader. Her two 
brothers chose not to attend CLU. 
One opted to attended a technical 
school and the other attended San 
Francisco State. 

"It was not required that we come 
to CLU. It was a choice and we all 

chose to attend this university," 
Cowles said. 

Although their last names are 
different they are all cousins. 

"Its nice to be with them, and to 
know that we always have someone 
to call on campus that can help 
with any situation," Cowles said. 
"My freshman experience was 
guided by my older cousins. It's a 
blessing that we all get along." 

Even though they lived in 
different parts of California, they 
still remained close. 

"We're such a close family, not 
only are they my cousins, they're 
my brothers and sisters," Annie 

They would get together as a 
family and attend Homecoming 
and other social events, and that is 
how these cousins got involved in 
the CLU tradition. 

After seeing their siblings move- 
in and enjoy CLU, they decided 
that CLU would be the best fit for 

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donor dies 

By Aaron Hilf 

Echo Staff Writer 

As one of the most generous 
lifetime supporters of California 
Lutheran University, Alma 
Pearson will be remembered for 
her generosity and kind heart. 

Pearson, 96, died Nov. 21 in 
Santa Barbara. 

"She was a women of incredible 
faith, incredible character, and 
was one of a kind," said Stephen 
Wheatly, vice president of 
University Advancement. 

Alma and her husband Cliff 
became involved at CLU in the 
early 1980s as donors who always 
gave more than they needed to. 
As life-long Lutherans, their first 
major donation to CLU came in 
1982 as a $1 million gift to help 
build the library, which bears 
their name. 

The couple also created the 
Alma and Clifford Pearson 
Endowed Scholarship that 
continues to provide for 
undergraduate and graduate 

"She and her husband have 
met with U.S. presidents, been 
recognized by CLU and other 
institutions and were awarded 
Philanthropists of the Year," 
Wheatly said. 

The couple has made 
numerous gifts in support of 
building North Campus, the 
Center for Leadership and 
Values, Educational Leaderships, 
the Annual Fund, multiple 
scholarship funds, distinguished 
speaker series, gifts for the 
baseball stadium and many 

Their generosity continued 
even after Cliff died in 1999 
by Alma, who was passionate 
in helping the campus and 

its students for many years to 

Pearson, who had no children, 
is remembered often saying that 
she had adopted a university 
filled with young people. 

"They will still help for a long 
time through additional gifts 
that will come through her estate 
in support of scholarships and 
other funds," Wheatly said. 

As Orville Dahl Donors, the 
Pearson's have taken steps to 
remain an active part of this 
campus for many years. 

The Orville Dahl Society, 
named after CLU's first president, 
is reserved for donors who make 
unparalleled donations to CLU 
by including the university in 
their estate plan. 

The Pearson's planned to 
support CLU long after they 
were both gone through their 
estate and other gifts that were 
put in place for the university. 

"They are probably thei 
largest "individual donors in the' 
universities' history," Wheatly 

Not only have they greatly 
helped CLU, but they have also 
made substantial donations to 
the Santa Barbara Zoo, Sansum 
Medical Research Foundation, 
Trinity Lutheran Church and 
the Vista Del Monte Retirement 
Home where Alma was living at 
the time of her death. 

"They are true philanthropists," 
Wheady said. 

Alma, who was awarded an 
honorary doctorate in 2004 by 
CLU, will be felt and remembered 
on campus for years to come, 
not only through her gifts, but 
through her spirit that loved this 
school so much. 

"She will be dearly missed," 
Wheatly said. 

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December 10, 2008 

Not for Sale 

CLU students join the fight to end modern-day slavery 

Megan Hindman 

Echo Staff Writer 

California Lutheran University 

students have joined an international 
movement against modern day slavery. 
Today 27 million people are enslaved 
and it is happening in our neighboring 
communities. In fact, children are even 
being sold on Craigslist. 

CLU is now one of 10 campus chapters 
involved in the Not For Sale movement 
that began in 2007 by David Batstone, 
a professor at the University of San 

The Not for Sale campaign encourages 
individuals to use their personal strengths 
to fight against human trafficking. 

"The whole mentality of Not For Sale 
is open-source activism, the concept that 
we need to utilize peoples' individual 
strengths and talents. It's really whatever 
people can offer," said Amy Brown, 
founder of the CLU chapter and university 
director for the southwest region. "We 
want to get as many people involved as 
we can, because everyone brings unique 
talents and ideas." 

CLU students have already done just 

Some students have contributed by 
making buttons and graphics to advertise 
the campaign. 

CLU senior Dan Erickson is even 
working toward compiling'*** CD of 
student musicians on campus to act as a 
benefit for Not for Sale. 

"Music is something I know, and really 
believe it has the ability to bring people 
together in a way like nothing else," 
Erickson said. 

Although, this is the first semester the 
club has been at CLU, the involvement 
has rapidly grown largely due to Call 
and Response, the first full length feature 
"rockumentary" that focuses on the 
modern day abolitionist movement. 

CLU bought out one showing of the film 
in Santa Monica and approximately 120 
CLU students and faculty attended. 

"Call and Response really opened my 
eyes to the severity of this issue and 
inspired me to get involved," Erickson 
said. "It (the album) is something that 
has the potential to have an amazing end 

"You can sell drugs once and 
they are gone, but you can sell 
a person over and over. It's just 
something you would have 
never known unless someone 
told you." 

- Allyson Hallam 

result and I'm looking forward to getting 
to work." 

Slavery has ranked the third-largest 
money-maker in the world behind drugs 
and guns. 

"We want to educate the CLU community 
and the community at large about modern 
day slavery. Everything is done under the 
radar and so people don't realize how big 
of an issue it is," said senior member of 
Not for Sale, Allyson Hallam. 

"You can sell drugs once and they are 
gone, but you can sell a person over and 
over," said Hallam. "It's just something 
you would have never known unless 
someone told you." 

The Not For Sale club is currently 
gearing up for the spring semester with 
hopes to take CLU's involvement to the 
next level. 

"CLU does have the potential to 
become one of the main campuses in 
this movement. We just really need more 
support and participation," Brown said. 

The club has several ideas to broaden 
the awareness on campus including the 
possibility of a "Free to Love" campaign 
held around Valentines Day. 

This event would encourage students to 
buy fair-free chocolate and products made 
by former slaves and prostitutes. 

Programs Board may also be partnering 
with Not For Sale through a dance-a-thon 









where all profits will be donated. 

"Right now we are really just trying to 
create awareness and educate ourselves 
on what products not to buy and disperse 
that information," Brown said. "We really 
have a great opportunity to become one of 

the leading schools." 

For more information on the Not For 
Sale campaign visit www.notforsalec or e-mail Amy Brown at to see what you 
can do to help stop modern-day slavery. 

Students prepare for conference 

Haiti and Jamai- 
ca to be focus of 
CLU students 

By Ashley Soukup 

Echo Staff Writer 

Students discuss world issues 
in Model United Nations every 
Monday at 10 to 10:50 a.m. in 
the Soiland Humanities Building, 
Room 112. 

POLS 415, Model UN, is a class 
taught by Gregory Freeland, 
P.hD. of the Political Science 
department at California 
Lutheran University. 

This class looks at pressing 
world issues from a country's 
perspective and prepares CLU's 
delegates for Model United 

Every year the students go to the 

California Model United Nations 
Conference and the Harvard 
National Model United Nation 
Conference in Boston from Feb. 

This year CLU students were 
assigned to look at the issues of 
I am jk a and Haiti. 

Fairness and equality, the 
U.N. Children's Fund and drug 
trafficking are some examples of 
issues that CLU students will be 
discussing at the U.N. Conference 
in Boston. 

While at the conference, 
students work on projects that 
were assigned by professors and 
others that are planned to fit in 
with the Model U.N.'s agenda. 

"Students learn about different 
world issues from different 
perspectives and learn how to 
negotiate with other people." 
senior Joelle Cortez said. 

"The goal is to work together to 

pass a resolution." 

Another requirement for the 
students attending the conference 
is to turn in position papers. 

"I hope to learn about issues 
from perspectives other than 
the United States," said Andrew 

This will be Brown's first time 
at the conference and he is very 
passionate about the issues facing 

During his four trips to Haiti, 
Brown has worked with the 
Haiti Mission Project and on a 
documentary that explores the 
issues in Haiti. 

He hopes to show the 
documentary at CLU sometime 
during the spring semester. 

"It's the poorest country in the 
Western Hemisphere," Brown 
said. "A lot of people call it a 
'Fourth World Country' because 
they do not have any resources. 
They have no functioning 
economy; they have a beaten- 
down political system." 

According to the United Nations 
Web site, Haiti's gross domestic 
product (GDP) in 2000 was 496 
United Stated Dollar (USD) per 
capita and no data was available 
about the poverty rate. 

Jamaica, the other country that 
CLU students are representing 
at the conference, had a GDP of 
1,487 per capita in USD in 2000, 
according to the UN's Web site. 

The Web site also states Jamaica 
had an unemployment rate of 16 
percent in 2000 and a poverty rate 

of 12 percent of the population. 

In past years plane tickets were 
covered under the trip's budget, 
but this year the budget was cut, 
forcing students to pay for their 
own ticket. 

A fundraiser was held on Dec. 
9 at The Habit on Moorpark 
Road in order to raise money for 
students' airfare to Boston. 

CLU students who brought 
in a flyer and got 20 percent of 
their meal donated back to the 

The budget will still cover the 
cost of the conference. 

"I love going to Haiti, I it's] a 
great place to visit," Brown said. 
"It centers my mind back to 
kind of the purpose of existence 
and kind of our responsibility as 
people of privilege and living in 
the United States and being given 
all that we have been given. How 
important it is to give back." 

December 10, 2008 


The Echo - Page 7 

For Magaurn the 
outdoors are home 

By Phoebe Hitchman 

& Derek Ward 
Special to The Echo 

Not just any club can proudly 
announce: "We sleep around... 
campus" and not have people 
raise an eyebrow. However the 
Nomads Club manages to pull 
it off. 

The club is one of many at 
California Lutheran University, 
yet is unique in the activities its 
members participate in, such as 
camping in tents somewhere on 
campus every few weeks. 

Nick Magaurn is president of 
Nomads. He is also president of 
the Steeze Brigade and an officer 
in the Adventure Club. 

"I love camping; I grew up 
outside and camped all the time," 
Magaurn said. 

"Nomads is just a way for me 
to be able to camp outside on 
a regular basis and it's an easy 
way for students to partake in 
camping if they aren't ready for 
long and difficult camping trips." 

Magaurn joined Nomads at 
the end of his freshman year as 
a way to stay more involved on 

campus when he was sidelined 

from playing lacrosse because of 
a sprained ankle. 

He has made a major effort to 
keep the club going and attract as 
many students as possible. 

The club receives no- funding 
from the university and Magaurn 
has to work hard to garner 
interest as well as resources for 

"We hold camp-outs every two 
weeks, with anywhere from 25 to 
40 students coming," Magaurn 

"It's a pretty easy process to 
get everything ready for the 
camp-out. I talk to security and 
warn them that we'll be out and 
also get them to turn off the 

Magaurn enjoys being a 
of Steeze Brigade, a ski 
snowboard club that he 
founded this semester, 
club is still small, but is gaining 
ground and growing quickly. 

"Really, all we want is for 
students to experience what it's 
like to get up the mountain, and 
hopefully our club can lower the 
costs and make the experience 
more accessible, because skiing 
and snowboarding are such 
expensive activities," he said. 





Magaurn also finds time for 
the Adventure Club. He said 
that events for this club are 
surprisingly hard to plan, but 
the group's officers have several 
things in mind including surfing 
trips, community service and 
maybe even sky diving. 

The group also goes rock 
climbing once a month at an 
indoor gym and arranges for 
small groups of students to come 
each time. 

In addition, this is Magaurn's 
first semester as a peer-advisor 
to freshman. Magaurn, a junior 
majoring in communication, said 
it was a good way to give back 
and help new students assimilate 
to life on campus. 

"Looking back, I want people 
to say they had a great time when 
asked what freshman year was 
like," he said. "I wanted to show 
kids what an amazing time you 
can have in college." 

Magaurn plans to keep the 
outdoors a large part of his life, 
even after he graduates from 

"I want to study abroad, maybe 
New Zealand next semester, and 
then definitely travel once I get 
out of school," he said. 










"Throughout the semester the 

editorial staff takes note of great 

quotes said within our office. 

Here is a sampling." 

"How do you make 

a poet look intense? 

You make him look 

like a rapist." 

-Sports Editor 
Trace Ronning 


-Editor in Chief 
Candice Cerro 

"If life had an apple Z 
that would be cool." 

-Photo Editor 
Doug Barnett 

"We need a stripper 
pole in here." 

-Features Editor 
Matt Kufeld 

"Let it rip Mumble!" 

-News Editor 
Scott Beebe 
(Mumble pictured at left) 

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December 10, 2008 

Braving the holidays 

Missy Bain 

The holiday season is here. 
It is a time filled with 
tradition, friends, family and 
awkward political 
conversations with 
extended relatives. 

After talking 

to a couple of 
friends about 

their Thanksgiving 
break, I realized 
that this 

phenomenon is 

not just something 
that happens in my 

It happens in families all 
across America. 

The phenomenon is, of 
course, when you return 
home from college and your_ 
family seemingly "tests" 
your knowledge about 
current events. 

I went to my Dad's house 
for Thanksgiving break and 
one of the first things he 
said to me was, "so, Missy, 
tell me why Proposition 8 
passing was such a bad thing 
to you. Because I have this 
gay friend who said..." 
Really dad? 

All I wanted to do was 
come home and eat some 
turkey, and now I am being 
bombarded with political 
questions and being forced 
to raise my defenses. 

I'm not sure if you have 
ever been put in this kind 
of situation before, but if 
not, let me tell you it is not 
a fun one. 

Don't get me wrong, I 
love to debate and discuss 
politics, but when I am 
doing so with a family 
member, it's a different 

Feelirfgs could be easily 
hurt, and at the end of the 
day you still have to love 
that person, even if they did 
vote yes on 8. 

So my strategy is this: say 
just enough to let them 
know how you feel about 
the issue and just agree to 

The phenomenon 
is, of course, when 
you return home from 
college and your family 
seemingly "tests" your 
knowledge about current 
I events. 

disagree. • 

It's the only way out of 
it. Otherwise you will 
be trapped in an endless 
conversation, going around 
in circles until another 
family member intervenes 
or until you can slip in a 

comment about how good 

the pie is. 
I don't know about you, 
but I am the lone 
Democrat in a sea 
of Republicans 
at my family 
gatherings, so it 
is always a family 
favorite to pick 
on Missy. 

In fact, one of 
my dad's favorite 
things to do is 
bring out the Ann 
Coulter book he 

got last Christmas and 

share her "insight" with 

For those who don't know 

who Ann Coulter is, she 
is an extreme right-wing 
political blogger and writer. 
Everyone is entitled to be 
stupid once in a while, but 

If there is anything 
I would like you to 
have taken away from 
my would 
be to speak your mind, 
whether others agree or 
disagree with you. 

she is abusing the privilege. 
Anyway, this can lead 
to some very interesting 
conversations around the 
dinner table and those of 

you who know me would 
be surprised to hear that I 
actually just let it happen. 

I fight for a while, but I 
never win and never will. 

My dad still sees me as 
that 1-year-old rubbing 
chocolate cake on my face, 
how could he take his baby 
girl seriously? 

If there is anything I 
would like you to have 
taken from my articles this 
semester, it would be to 
speak your mind, whether 
others agree or disagree 
with you. 

Just be careful and 
conscious of your audience 
and know when to stop. 

I hope that I have said 
things that others wanted 
to say, and I hope that I 
have offended others and 
made them want to speak 
up in the process. 

There is an old quote that I 
absolutely hate that says, "If 
you are young and you are 
not a Democrat, you have 
no heart. If you are old and 
you are not a Republican, 
you have no brains." 

I would like to think that 
this quote isn't true, and 
that I will stay a true-blue 
Democrat until the day I 
die, but give me a call in 30 
years and I'll let you know 
what happened. 

Study abroad advice 

Things to 
consider before 
going abroad 

The opportunity to more 

than 100 days sailing around 

the world on a cruise ship, 

while taking 

classes through 

an institution 

committed to the 

success of your 

experience might 

sound too good to 

be true. 
It is. 
Semester at Sea, 

SAS, is a program gjj^ 

offered through Q]lman 

the University 

of Virginia 

as a program partner 

of California Lutheran 

University's study abroad 


This means students can 
maintain enrollment at 
CLU while studying abroad 
through these programs and 
transfer credits toward their 

When I first heard about 
the SAS program, I thought 
that it sounded too good to 
be true; then I saw the price 

I decided that for $25,995 
for a single semester, maybe 
this experience would 

This price tag includes 
boarding in a double- 
economy room on the ship. 

However, it does not 
include anything you do 
in the countries once you 
arrive, like traveling or 
I made the decision to go 

for it. 

I talked to a SAS 
representative on campus 
about the high cost of the 
voyage, and he encouraged 
me to simply write a letter to 
the financial aid department 
at the University of Virginia 
explaining my situation. 

Later, SAS 

informed me that_ I 
would receive zero 
dollars in financial 
aid: a complete slap 
in the face. 

None of the CLU 
scholarships transfer 
to partner programs, 
so I would be paying 
entirely out of 

Countless forms 

and a few tries 
later, I was still under the 
impression that this process 
would all be worth it. 

I began to feel that SAS was 
not helping me along with the 
process as it should. 

The only time someone 
called me was to ask for my 
$1,000 deposit to reserve 
my room months before the 

I then encountered a minor 
problem with coordinating 

I thought that if I was 
willing to shell out 
more than $25,000...I 
would deserve their 
time, understanding 
and, most of all, their 

another CLU student coming 
with me on my voyage. 

I wrote a lengthy letter to 
Jennifer Mowad, assistant 
director of admissions of 

SAS, explaining the situation 
and pleading for her 
understanding and help. 

A string of e-mails 
explaining inconsistent 

policies eventually drove me 
-to the breaking point. 

Long story made short, I 
felt as if my requests were 
not being heard. 

I did not feel respected or 
valued by SAS as a customer 
or as a student. 

Silly me, I thought that if' 
I was willing to shell out 
more than $25,000 to take 
part in their program, I 
would deserve their time, 
understanding and, most of 
all, their respect. 

After all, the money was 
coming out of my pocket. 

In this economy, taking 
part in their program will 
not be a possibility for many 

SAS needs to concentrate 
on valuing students that are 
interested in their program. 

I truly believe that all 
college students should take 
advantage of a study abroad 
program if possible. 

So much can be gained 
from being thrown out 
of your comfort zone and 
learning to appreciate other 

However, I learned the hard 
way that one must choose a 
program that works with you 
and not against you. 

It is important that the 
program truly aligns with 
one's expectations and 

A program that will work 

with its students to achieve 

. their goals and celebrates in 

their accomplishments is a 



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The gift of giving green this season 

It's that time of year again- 
time to spread peace, love and 

With the holidays 
rapidly approaching 
many of us will 
be out and about 
purchasing gifts for 
our loved ones. 

But before you 
chop down the tree, 
wrap those gifts and 
hang the mistletoe, 
consider ways 

to conserve this 
holiday season. 

Did you know 
between Thanksgiving and 
New Year's day, Americans 
throw away a million extra 
tons of garbage each week? 

Shocking right? 

While the holidays bring out 
the best in all of us, sadly it 
does its fair share of damage 
on our environment as well. 

Of course we mean well. 


But during the process of 

enjoying holiday cheer, it's 

unfortunate that the holidays 

seem to be the most 

wasteful time of year. 

Among the mounds 

of garbage, megawatts 

of twinkling lights and 

oodles of cut down 

trees, a lot of resources 

are wasted resulting 

in what seems like 

mother natures worst 


Not to mention all 
of the energy it takes 
to maintain it. 
But no need to fear, I'm here to 
offer some eco-friendly tips that 
even the most wasteful of us 
could apply this holiday season. 
Consider the tree. 
While artificial trees consume 
a significant amount of energy 
and petroleum-based materials 
to produce, I say if you already 
have it, use it. 

After all, the resources used 
to produce it have already been 
expended, so using it year after 
year is better than it ending up 
in the landfill. 

If you insist on a freshly-cut 
Christmas tree, remember 
to recycle it at the end of the 
season. It can be ground into 
wood chips and used as mulch 
for your garden. 

Now it's time to decorate the 

Consider using energy 
efficient lights. 

According to a study 
conducted by the U.S. 
Department of Energy, low- 
energy lights are 90 percent 
more efficient than regular 
lights, and if replaced, are the 
equivalent of powering 200,000 
homes a year. 

Between gift wrap, tape, 
tinsel, bows, boxes and all that 
plastic something as simple as 
wrapping a gift can put a toll 

on our environment. 

Don't get me wrong, I love 
giving gifts just as much as 
I love receiving but I feel so 

Did you know be- 
tween Thanksgiv- 
ing and New Year's day, 
Americans throw away 
a million extra tons of 
garbage each week? 

much better knowing I'm 

This is why I save and reuse 
my boxes, bags, bows and tissue 
paper each year. 

Not only is it eco-friendly, but 
it saves money as well. And of 
course some of the best gifts 
don't need wrapping. 

Take for instance, time spent 
with family, friends and that 
yummy home-cooked meal and 
pumpkin pie. 

Some of the best gifts in life 
don't require a bow. 

Last but not least, don't mail 
greeting cards, send them via 
e-mail instead. 

This is something I think we 
can all handle. 

Not only is it better on our 
environment but its economical 
and easy. 

Instead of mailing dozens of 
envelopes and licking those 
icky stamps, you can send as 
many Christmas cards at once 
through e-mail. 

It's easy to upload a picture 
of yourself or your family 
and many cards available are 
interactive, animated and fun. 

I recommend 
to send a fun holiday greeting 
to your friends and family. 

If we all apply at least one of 
these tips this holiday season, 
we can save a ton of resources, 
and that's a good gift to give to 
the environment. 

Contacting Professors 


As the semester comes to 
an end and a hectic week of 
finals approaches, I have found 
myself thinking of my 
great professors and 
all the help they've 
given me. 

Most of us have 
final projects or 
assignments due and 
I know I'm not the 
only one that feels 
as though there are 
suddenly hundreds 
of questions to ask 
one's teachers. 

This got me to 
ponder the question of whether 
e-mail or office hours are the 
best way to reach teachers. 

When needing to reach a 
teacher, e-mail never seems to 

Visiting a professor's office is 
another way that students' can 
chat with their teachers. 

But, what if you are unable 
to make it to campus or are 
someplace where there is no 

Sometimes, teachers will give 
out their personal Jiome or cell 
phone numbers so students 
feel more connected and so 
students can reach them at any 

When you have a project 
deadline and questions 
suddenly arise, sometimes 

e-mail and office hours just 
aren't as convenient or fast in 
an emergency situation. I always 
appreciate it when 
teachers go out of 
their way to give 
their students other 
options of contacting 

However, I would 
be lying if I said that 
I didn't feel extremely 
awkward calling my 
teacher's cell phone. 
Facebook is another 

way teachers are 

giving students the 
ability to contact them faster 
than conventional ways. 

Students can post a message 
to their teacher's wall and then 
professors can respond. 

lust like calling a teacher's cell 
phone is a little strange for me, 
writing on a teacher's Facebook 
page is a little uncomfortable for 
me also. 

I think that in order for 
students to feel comfortable 
contacting their professors 
in unconventional ways, it 
is important for teachers to 
reiterate that it is in fact OK 
to contact them by cell phone, 
home phone or Facebook. 

I don't believe that it is fair to 
make it mandatory for teachers 
to give out their personal 
numbers in order for students 

to have more convenient access 
to them. 

Nevertheless, I think alternate 
contact information is a good 

Blogging is another recent and 
favorite communication tool 
that many participate in. 

I have found it very helpful 
when teachers give the class their 
blogging information, because I 
feel like communicating with a 
professor through blogging is 
not nearly as invasive as calling 
a teacher on his or her cell 

At the end 


of the day, it 
the student's 
responsibility to make sure 
that he or she understands the 
assignment and that proper 
action is taken in order to clear 
up any confusion before an 
assignment's due date. 

Even so, I have personally 
found it comforting when a 
teacher gives his or her class 
other contact information 
other than the standard contact 

I have so much appreciation 
for my professors and hope 
they know that they have been 
great mentors in my journey 
though college. 

In my heart, I know that no 
matter what, my professors are 
always there to support me and 
assist me in any way they can. 

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Gilbert keeps CLU fit 


California Lutheran University 
has had many new additions to 
the campus in the last few years, 
including a sports facility. 

The Gilbert Sports and Fitness 
Center is stocked 
with top-ofjthe-line 
exercise equipment to 
help students get in 

Located just south of 
the Kingsmen football 
stadium just a few 
years ago was CLU's 
old gym. 

It was extraordinarily 
small (500 square feet), 
and did not remotely 
offer what the Gilbert sports 
center does. 

The old gym was not even half 
the size of the new one and had 
20 percent of the equipment that 
Gilbert offers giving students even 
more incentive to get healthy. 

A bonus- the new gym is 
equipped with an assortment of 
plasma televisions. 

This new gym has given Cal 
Lutheran an edge from an athletic 

The lenient hours provide 
student athletes with the ability 
to work out early before classes or 
late after classes. 

"I love using the new gym. When 
I first came to CLU, the new gym 
was not built yet so I make sure to 
take full advantage of it now," said 
senior baseball player David Iden. 

Other recent additions to the 
campus include the Sparky 
Anderson baseball field built in 
2005 and the Hutton softball field 
built in 2007. 

The swimming pool was built 
in 2006 with a new outdoor 
community pool currently being 

It is being sponsored by the 
city of Thousand Oaks and is 
scheduled to be completed by 
spring semester of 2009. 

Tennis courts are being added 
and should be finished early 

spring of 2009. 

Last, is the Gilbert Sports 

Facility, which includes two full 

size basketball courts, a training 

room, a gym, four locker rooms 

and 15 classrooms, 

including ,. ,a ^.daaeej 


All students should 
take advantage 

of these facilities, 
especially the gym. 

Working out has 
been proven to release 
stress and tension 
amongst all people. 

The importance 

of regular exercise 

and daily snacks and meals is 

sometimes overlooked in the eyes 

of a college student. 

Inside the Cal Lutheran gym 
there are all types of amenities for 
any enthusiast. 

Equipment such as treadmills, 
ellipticals, stairclimbers and any 
possible weights you can think of 
are available. 

All of the staff excluding the 
main adviser, are student workers, 
thus adding numerous available 
positions to those who feel the 

The old gym, was not 
even half the size of 
the new one and had 20 
percent of the equipment 
that Gilbert offers giv- 
ing students even more 
incentive to get healthy. 

need for extra money throughout 
the school year. 

In order to create a pristine 
college atmosphere it must be 
constantly taking new steps in 
order to better itself, and I see 
CLU doing so. 

"I love the new gym and sports 
facilities here, it makes the school 
experience that much easier being 
on a campus this beautiful," said 
senior Landon Smith. 

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December 10, 2008 

Stunting and smiling for CLU 

Bonding makes 
cheerleading a 
fiin experience 

By Nicole Jacobsen 

Echo Staff Writer 

Along with planning their 
classes for the next semester, 
the California Lutheran 
University cheerleaders have 
to decide whether they'll have 
time to cheer for basketball 

Busy schedules are conflicting 
with classes causing at least 
five women to quit the squad 
for basketball season. However, 
they say they're planning on 
joining again next fall. 

"I decided not to cheer this 
semester because it didn't 
fit in my schedule with my 

going to the football games and 
bonding with one another. 

"Being able to go to all the 
football games and performing 
with the girls was definitely my 
favorite part of the season," 
Kraemer said. 

"And since I was a transfer, it 
was a great way to meet some 


classes," Jenna Kraemer said. 

"But I do plan on returning 
for football season next year." 

Even though being part 
of the squad next semester 
didn't work out in a few of 
the cheerleaders' schedules, 
they still had great experiences 


people I'm now good friends 

While everybody had their 
own reason for being on the 
squad, the most common 
reason was to show school 
pride and support the teams. 

"I enjoy going to the different 
sporting events and showing 
my school spirit," junior Luci 
Lapp said. "It's also a great 
way for me to get involved 
on campus and support your 

As with any team, group 
or club, the members on 
the cheerleading squad have 
bonded over time and have 
made strong friendships. 

Even with hectic class, work 
and practice schedules, they 
make time to hang out outside 
of practice and games. 

"Juggling school, track and 

cheerleading this coming 
semester will keep me from 
having a lot of down-time 
but last semester was fun and 
I know being with these girls 
next semester will be a blast," 
Lapp said. "They make it 

Sophomore Chrisann 

McCormack shares Lapp's 
enthusiasm about spending 
time with the students she 
cheers with. 

"I love the girls on the 
squad," McCormack said. "It's 
a fun thing to do with your 

With a squad consisting 
of both new and former 
cheerleaders, everybody is still 
getting acquainted with each 
other. But even with some of 
the women not returning for 
basketball season, members 
on the squad still make time to 
see their former cheermates. 

"Getting to know the new 
girls on the squad has been so 
much fun," McCormack said. 

"I miss the other girls but I 
still keep in touch and hang 
out with them." 

After arranging classes and 
activities, schedules were 
finally made and a new squad 
was formed. Though many of 
the cheerleaders are returning 
for the basketball season, they 
will miss those who couldn't 
work it into their schedules 
and enjoy getting to know the 
new members. 

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Photo by Rachel Wolf 
The CLU cheer squad practices their routine for home basketball games. 

Another year of controversy 

Can a play-off 
system work in 
Div. I football? 

By Jackson Damron 
Echo Staff Writer 

At one time or another, the 
Bowl Championship Series 
(BCS) system has made college 
football fans rejoice and shed 
tears in back-to-back weeks. 
In a system where a ten- 
thousandth of a point can 
determine whether or not a 
team gets into a bowl game, 
there is bound to be criticism. 

In a "60 Minutes" interview, 
President-elect Barack Obama 
suggested that a play-off 
system be created. 

"If you've got a bunch of 
teams who play throughout the 
season and many of them have 
one loss or two losses, there's 
no clear, decisive winner," 
Obama said. 

It- was unclear how serious 
he was about the issue, but he 
did add that he might have to 
"throw his weight around a 

Four components determine 
a team's rank. They are as 
follows: subjective polls (AP, 
USA Today, ESPN Coaches), 
computer rankings, strength 
of a team's schedule and 

number of losses. Each of these 
components is represented by 
a numerical value. 

Teams are given a certain 
number of points for 
their performance in each 
component. These four values 
are then totaled to produce a 

team's final score. The team 
with the highest point total 
gets the number one spot for 
the week. 

What the coaches think 

University of Southern 
California head coach Pete 
Carroll, insists that even he 
doesn't understand how the 
BCS works. 

"What are the criteria of the 
process? Is it to pick the team 
that has the best season, that 
has the season that you like the 
most and feel best about voting 
for? Or is it the best team at the 
end of the year, the team that 
would win a play-off system if 
you did have it?" Carroll asked 
at a press conference in early 
November. "I don't understand 
how the thing works, I don't 
really know." 

NCAA Division I football is 
the only NCAA sport that does 
not have a set play-off system. 
Division II and III have a 32- 
team playoff that takes place 

over a five week period and 
crowns a clear and undisputed 

However, the BCS, is all about 
making money, and if the 
NCAA would develop a playoff 
system it would not come close 
to making as much money as 
the four major bowls make. 

"Fans can't afford to fly 
around watching their team," 
said CLU assistant football 
coach Geno Sullivan. "A 16- 
team play-off system would 
mean four games for the teams 
that meet in the championship. 
Having a team in one post- 
season bowl game attracts fans 
to make the trip to support 
their team." 

Looking into the future 

Change could happen in 
the near future. The new 
BCS coordinator is open to 
exploring post-season options. 
In 2004, the BCS rejected the 
idea of a plus-one format 
brought forth by ABC. The 

plus-one format would involve 
selecting two teams from the 
winners of the four major 

bowls to play for the national 

At this point, the Football 
Bowl Association (FBA) is 
determined that bowls are best 
for college football, but many 
people think otherwise. 

ABC's Loren Matthews told 
CBS Sportsline that the play- 
offs could take many forms, 
from a plus-one format to an 
eight team play-off. 

"What you'll see in the 
future," Matthews said, "is 
something different than what 
you see now." 

December 10, 2008 


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Wrapping up a fun season 

Intramural play- 
offs cap off the 
fall season 

By Krystle Van Deusen 
Echo Staff Writer 

We had champions in the 
making this past week at 
California Lutheran University. 
With the fall intramural sports 
coming to an end, the two best 
teams in each sport battled for 
the right to be called the 2008 
CLU intramural champions. 

The week started on Tuesday 
with the 3 on 3 basketball finals 
followed by indoor soccer 
semifinals on Wednesday. The 
Softball championship game 
concluded the week on Sunday 
December 7. The final match for 
indoor soccer will be held today. 

Short Bus and Semi-pros 
found themselves one game 
away from the 3 on 3 basketball 
championship. Making up 
the Short Bus team were CLU 
students Josh Oosterhof, Josh 
Knight and Ryan Burchfield. 
Semi-pros consisted of Danny 
Hagen, Dane Bowen, Mike Tobin 
and Zachary McVicker. 

With a well-played game 
on both sides, the Semi-pros 
came out on top with a final 
score of 21-16. Throughout the 

whole game both teams found 
themselves with opportunities to 
pull away for the win, but finally 
Semi-pros were able to put the 
game out of reach. 

"We had great team chemistry," 
McVicker said. "Dane really 
helped the team with his length 
and athleticism and we really 
wore the team down at the end." 

In an act of good sportsmanship, 
Short Bus teammate Burchfield 
said, "We had a lot of fun and 
good natured competition." 

Team Zenkokuseiha pulled off 
a win in the semifinals indoor 
soccer match. They will be playing 
tonight for the intramural soccer 
title against the Free Agent team. 

"We play mostly for fun," 
Brad Yajima said. "Our team 
name (Zenkokuseiha) translates 
to National champions in 

Last year, Yajima's team lost in 
the final match so this year they 
will be looking for revenge. 

"Playing indoor soccer is a great 
way to keep in shape," Krista 
Krakowski said. "It's also a lot of 
fun and still very competitive." 

Team Old School squared off 
against team Silver Bullet on a 
rainy Sunday afternoon. The 
two softball teams were giving it 
all they had after a long grinding 

In the second inning the Silver 
Bullets broke open the scoreless 

game when Scott Ellers drove a 
line drive over the left field wall 
scoring two runs. 

Later in the game Paul 
Wetterholm smashed a towering 
fly ball over the right field fence 
to put three runs on the board for 
Old School. 

After doubling earlier in the 
game Trevor Davidson put the 

Silver Bullets up for good with an 
absolute bomb over the foul pole 
in right field. 

"It felt good," Davidson said. "It 
felt real good." 

Winning the game 7-6 really 
made a lot of the Silver Bullets 
proud of their accomplishments. 

"It was a hard struggle all 
season," shortstop Kevin Graham 

said. "It feels good to put in hard 
work and come out on top." 

On Sunday night, Set To Kill 
and Whiskey Militia each won a 
match, but Set To Kill took the 
title after winning the last match 

Spring intramural sports will 
begin when students get back 
from Christmas break. 










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Torn ACL doesn't dash career 

Captain shines 
in multiple 
sports at CLU 

By Nicole Flanary 
Echo Staff Writer 

John C. Maxwell defines a 
leader as someone who "knows 
the way, goes the way, and shows 
the way." On California Lutheran 
University's Women's basketball 
team, sophomore guard Kourtney 
Jones personifies this. 

In her second year playing 

for CLU, Jones has made an 
enormous impact not only as 
a player on the court, but as a 
captain and a leader off of the 

Jones, who is from San Diego, 
had aspirations at a young age to 
play collegiate ball. Then, during 
her sophomore year at Rancho 
Bernardo High School she tore 
her anterior cruciate ligament 
(ACL) and was unsure if she'd 
ever play agafn. 

"I fought through it, and when 
I came here for school, I knew it 
was something I wanted to do", 
she said. 

Photo by Ashley Benlz 
Kourtney Jones, 23, leads the Regals in three major statistical categories. • 

In addition to deciding to play 
basketball, Jones also took up 
another sport at CLU, track and 
field. " 

Jones is a long jumper and a 
triple jumper for the Regals track 
team, and contributed points 
for the Regals all season long. It 
seems there's nothing she can't 

"I love to compete. I am a very 
competitive person so the thrill of 
competition and winning is what 
I love the most," Jones said. 

Off the court, she is anything 
but competitive. Her friends see 
her as the "social butterfly." They 
see a person that has a certain 
presence about her, and a genuine 
love for life. 

On the court, her opponents 
might see something else. They 
might see a 5-foot-5-inch guard 
that has put up, on average, 14 
points a game and plays intense 

Jones is determined to make the 
season a memorable one for the 
Regals squad. 

"I want to contribute in each 
game with great defense and 
contribute on the offensive end 
as well, and I want my teammates 
to be able to count on me," Jones 

This season Jones has already 
posted 84 points, 1 1 rebounds 
and 12 steals. She is second in 
total scoring for the Regals, sitting 

only seven points behind senior 
Nita Sims. 

She also leads the team in free- 
throws (25) and three-pointers 
(13) and averages an assist-per- 
game. But who's counting? The 
only statistics Jones is concerned 
with are the "Ws" and "Ls" in the 
win-loss column. 

"This is all about our team," 
she said. "Our goal this season 
is to get better with each game 
and each practice and win a 
conference championship." 

Jones epitomizes the word 
captain. She leads by example, 

by attitude and is proof that hard 
work and dedication pay off. 

So, what is it that she considers 
the pay off? 

"The games are the rewards. The 
off-season is long and tiring, and 
so are practices. The games and 
the chance to compete are what 
I work for. They are what I am 
always working for," Jones said. 

She is only in her second year at 
CLU, but on a young team with 
new faces (including a coach), her 
ability to lead will be instrumental 
in the Regals' success this season. 





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December 10,2008 

Taking one for the team 

Making friends 
more important 
than records 

By Jeff Chaney 

Echo Staff Writer 

Years from now, senior Jill 
Minehan will not remember all 
her race times, or all her finishes 
in SCIAC competitions. 

However, she will remember 
the fun times she had with her 
friends and teammates building 
up a swim program destined for 

"I think making our 
team stronger in a sense 
of being close and sup- 
porting one another is 
our main goal." 

— Jill Minehan 

Minehan will return as captain 
of the California Lutheran 
University swim team. 

With her eyes set on making 
Nationals in the 100 and 200 
meter butterfly, she brings a 
passion for the sport and a sense 
of camaraderie to the team. 

'When I think of a captain, I 
think of a leader," Minehan said. 

"It's a person who can inspire 
the team and a person wKo can 
be a role model for the other 


Her pure passion for the sport 
of. swimming puts her in the 
Samuelson Aquatics Center pool 
at 4:30 a.m. to train, even when 
its raining. 

Despite the long hours, her 
training introduced her to some 
of her closest friends. 

Other than her responsibilities 
to the swim team, Minehan said 
she wants, 

" be there for the swimmers 
who need help, whether it's 
a question about the team or 
program or if it's about talking 
to the coach about an issue. I 
am 100 percent dedicated to my 
other teammates." 

Minehan has set not one but 
two school records in the 100m 
and 200m butterfly, and last year 
she made the NCAA B cut at the 
SCIAC meet. Minehan plans to 
up the ante this year. 

"I don't think I have ever been 
that excited in my life," she said. 

Minehan has been helping 
Coach Dodd and her teammates 
build up the talented but young 
swimming program for the past 
four years. 

"I think making our team 
stronger in a sense of being close 
and supporting one another is 
our main goal," she said. 

Bringing her team together, 
Minehan thinks, is the key to 
success in team sports. 

When the group is cohesive 
enough to bring their abilities 

Photo by Scott Chisholm 
Senior Jill Minehan is a captain for the Regals swimming and diving team that hopes to place well this year. 

together, the team will do its 

"The thing I love most about 
CLU swimming is being around 
the people. 

Years from now I'm not going 
to remember by times or how I 
placed at conference, but what I 
will remember is how much fun 

I had with my team mates," she 

Minehan has been swimming 
since she was 8 years old in 
Washington state. She swam for 
four years in high school. 

"One of the greatest moments 
I can remember is making top 
eight in the 100 butterfly my 

senior year of high school. 
It was an amazing feeling of 
accomplishment," she said. 

Jill will compete in the 
butterfly, backstroke and 
freestyle competitions multiple 
times throughout the season, 
looking to better her time along 
the way. 

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